• Subject: Re: Hey Folks ! New Year's Eve/Day Rollover Feedback ?? !!
  • From: DAsmussen@xxxxxxx
  • Date: Tue, 4 Jan 2000 01:43:52 EST

Terry, Ronald, and James,

In a message dated 1/4/00 1:23:21 AM Eastern Standard Time, 
email@james-w-kilgore.com writes:

> My company has been posed similar questions of "need".
>  So we are now in a position (and cost) of showing to the client that
>  applications that they deemed "critical" to their operation, written in
>  1986 (for the S/36/38, thousands of them), actually required a change!
>  Go figure!?
>  They're headed down the road to hell and we do our job which means that
>  nothing happened.  And they have the canolies to ask, since nothing
>  happened, what they paid for!?
>  How about -NOT- slamming your forehead against a brick wall?
>  The bottom line is, that the investment made, was to insure that nothing
>  happened.  After all, wasn't the point of this cleanup to make sure that
>  come Monday morning that all went well?
>  Terry Herrin wrote:
>  > 
>  > "Ronald Sposito" <raspo@slomins.com> wrote:
>  > >Yea, a little disheartening...
>  > 
>  > It does look like we did the job a little too well.  The local
>  > newspaper had a page one story asking if the whole thing wasn't
>  > overblown, and too much money and effort spent on it.  That's thanks
>  > for you.

I could have absolutely _CHOKED_ the local news people today.  "Did we spend 
too much?", "Was the whole thing overblown?", "Was Y2K a big scam propagated 
by IS personnel?"  Byte me.  IMNSHO, we needed the media to jar our 
complacent pointy-haired bosses into action.  It worked.  Now the media are 
going to complain that the efforts all of us made worked _TOO_ well?  
Errrrrrrr!  At least Gartner on NBC "Nightly News" tonight credited us with 
resolving a serious problem and having a "Cadillac instead of a Chevrolet" 
base for new IS.  We're now "poised to overtake the world when it comes to 
information systems."  Yeah, try and convince your boss...


Dean Asmussen
Enterprise Systems Consulting, Inc.
Fuquay-Varina, NC  USA
E-mail:  DAsmussen@aol.com

"Children have more need of models than of critics." -- Carolyn Coats
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