On Sat, 19 Oct 1996, Peter da Silva wrote:
> As for "products" protecting the enterprise, wellllll...
This is the key thing right here. It's *PEOPLE* who do stuff, not
"products". The computer trade press would like to have you believe that
everything in the world can be done just by buying the right products. But
after 20 years in the information systems industry I know without a shadow
of a doubt that this is just pure bunk!
Time and time again I see people discounting their own value to their
companies. They will tell me how they struggled to figure out Product X,
how they had to adapt it with shell scripts and batch files and Excel
macros in order to do the job. Then they give all the credit to Product X
instead of to themselves. Then the next poor schmuck buys Product X based
on this advice and discovers that it just won't do the job until he too
goes through the process of adapting the product. Programs are like that.
They are tools, not magic wands. If you take the time to understand the
tools and understand the problem at hand, then you can work magic. But the
magic is in you.
Michael Dillon - ISP & Internet Consulting
Memra Software Inc. - Fax: +1-604-546-3049
http://www.memra.com - E-mail: michael @