Who Punted Ruby?

Nothing Serious Podcast - Who Punted Ruby?

Paul, Daniel and Steven discuss the statute of limitations on fraud, examples of how small business should not manage a social media account, rebranding Abercrombie & Fitch, hugging the homeless, Windows Blue (Windows 8.1), and the return of Riddick!

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5 thoughts on “Who Punted Ruby?

  1. Just finished listening to this podcast and I want to drop a note about Windows in the enterprise.

    One thing I think Daniel truly doesn’t understand is the order of magnitude difference in large scale enterprise computing and small business computing. They are really two different beasts with totally different needs and cost structures. On the enterprise side it isn’t just the cost of hardware and OS software or even training that is the issue. It is the entire IT infrastructure including business critical software. This includes things like ERP, CRM, data mining, production and manufacturing control, etc. Software like this takes years to develop and customize to fit specific business logic. It takes thousands if not millions of dollars as well as many, many man hours just to get to roll-out. These are huge, massive investments. There are plenty of case studies that show how a failed ERP roll-out has destroyed companies or severely damaged their stability. These systems are the life-blood of companies and they are not easily or quickly changed. For large companies even point upgrades to this kind of software can take years to evaluate, test, customize and roll-out. It isn’t like just throwing the new version of Office on a desktop and training someone to use it. My point here is that before you can really understand why Microsoft MUST maintain a certain functional base in its software you have to understand enterprise computing.

    From Microsoft’s point of view I am sure they would love to move everyone to a new platform every 5-7 years. It would cost them less to not have to maintain support for older software and I am sure the upgrade fees would be nice for their cash flow. The success of Windows in the marketplace, however, prevents this. Corporate customers can’t rebuild their applications every few years. The time and money just isn’t there. It takes years to see a return on investment in enterprise systems and software so those custom software systems have to stay in place longer than your average software package. Upgrading Photoshop every couple of years is a hell of a lot easier and cheaper than having to upgrade a Dynamics GP ERP system every time the desktop operating system changes.

    The same thing would happen to Apple if they had an install base the size of Microsoft. Apple would not be able to dictate upgrades in that environment. Oh they could try but they would quickly find IT departments shutting the door in their face. Apple’s model is unworkable in the corporate environment and it has nothing to do with the Mac OS or the hardware itself. It has everything to do with the Apple’s view that their customers don’t know what they need. They do know what they need and that is generally a stable platform that they can count on supporting their business for a long period of time.

    Here is the good news though (if you are an Apple guy). These systems are quickly moving to “the cloud” Running ERP, CRM. etc. within a browser is getting easier and more affordable. Once we get to a point where the desktop computing environment doesn’t matter then Microsoft will find it a lot easier to force upgrades without offering backwards compatibility. It will also make it easier for Apple and other players, most notably Android/Chrome to get into the corporate desktop environment. The back office will still have to deal with all the old concerns but on the user end the platform will be of less importance.

    I look forward to the day when as an IT manager I no longer have to worry about desktop OS versions and will they work with my corporate applications. Until then though, you have to understand exactly how different the corporate computing environment is and the conditions under which platform decisions must be made.


  2. On the subject of the guy who gives free haircuts because he was inspired by a sermon: even a broken clock is right twice a day. Just because religion has no moral standing doesn’t mean they can’t occasionally go against their nature and produce something positive.


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