(cross posting from MiramarMike, Enterprise 2.0 New Zealand style)

Completely independently these two articles recently applied to some thinking to the subject of “heavy/crap” software being the norm within organisations:

I think their arguments are fundamentally the same … Eric makes it a little more succinctly but there’s depth and reasoning behind Jason’ reporting of the Gartner findings.

Ask yourself the question, “Does it have to be this way?”
If the answer is, “No!” – go fight those that are forcing it upon you, whoever you decide that is.

First here’s Eric’s view

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And here’s the Gartner diagram from Jason’s article that may give some answers to the “why”:

Mike Riversdale

I (Mike Riversdale, aka Miramar Mike) have worked all my professional life alongside users of information with my work with software vendors (Business Objects, Sydney), New Zealand government agencies (Department of Corrections, Ministry of Health, Christchurch City Council), charitable organisations (skylight) and private/public companies (Fronde, Etam). My focus is always on the real users and their information demands - I have been called the "people's poet"! Working for Fronde and as an independent consultant my role is to introduce the concepts, educate around the challenges and ultimately help deliver available, findable and useful information to those that need it. I am experienced in the full gamut of Enterprise 2.0 tools and, despite a leaning towards open source, I am totally vendor independent - whatever works for the client!

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