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On 08/08/2012 01:39 PM, Gordon Burgess-Parker wrote:
On 08/08/12 15:01, anne-ology wrote:
        Gordon, you're correct, but trying to convince many - especially
businesses - of this logic, can be next to impossible  ;-)

The problem doesn't seem to be so much with management not wanting to change - it seems to be with fear of the IT dept. Many companies still seem to be under the dictat of the IT dept and allow the IT dept to do what it wants rather than management telling the IT dept what it wants and please implement it! The IT dept is there to provide a SERVICE to the company, not the other way around!

The howls of anguish that came from USERS when their IT depts foisted the ribboned Office 2007 on them had to be heard to be believed. But of course to trot out the old saying - "no-one gets fired for buying Microsoft....."

I remember when the saying was "No one gets fired for buying IBM". In some cases it is the IT department but I think many times it is management. I had very technically illiterate bosses who would follow the rule of "No one gets fired for buying Microsoft" even when you had a strong case for not buying MS.

Also, I remember that some of the office suite competitors of the 80's and early 90's never adapted their suites to use a GUI effectively. Wordperfect on a Mac was a disaster while Word and Excel worked very well on the late 80's Macs. When MS introduced Win95 they were well positioned to implement a good GUI for MSOffice, they had already do it once on the Mac.

Jay Lozier

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