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At my place of employ, we track business data ...

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In-house, with software I wrote
  2542 votes / 16%
In-house, using mostly Free software
  800 votes / 5%
In-house, using mostly free software
  525 votes / 3%
In-house, using mostly conventional payware
  3814 votes / 24%
We outsource that stuff
  542 votes / 3%
Zat's not my department!
  7382 votes / 47%
15605 total votes.
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  • Don't complain about lack of options. You've got to pick a few when you do multiple choice. Those are the breaks.
  • Feel free to suggest poll ideas if you're feeling creative. I'd strongly suggest reading the past polls first.
  • This whole thing is wildly inaccurate. Rounding errors, ballot stuffers, dynamic IPs, firewalls. If you're using these numbers to do anything important, you're insane.
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  • Free vs. free (Score:5, Insightful)

    by LiquidLink57 (1864484) on Tuesday May 01, 2012 @09:23AM (#39856253)
    Am I the only one who doesn't know the difference between "free" software and "Free" software?
  • wtf (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday May 01, 2012 @09:28AM (#39856309)

    first the business knock off, now a shitty poll that only vaguely about tech? Seems slashdot has turned into a research marketing tool

    • Re:wtf (Score:5, Insightful)

      by show me altoids (1183399) on Tuesday May 01, 2012 @10:17AM (#39856821)
      No wonder Taco "left". He must have seen this coming.
      • by tedgyz (515156) *

        I knew his departure was the sign of trouble, but I had no idea /. would be taken over by marketing fscktards. The horror! The horror! It is worse than I could have imagined.

    • Re:wtf (Score:5, Insightful)

      by TWX (665546) on Tuesday May 01, 2012 @11:01AM (#39857363)
      I don't see what's vague about tech here. It's not cutting-edge tech necessarily, but software to keep a business running smoothly and efficiently, or to find the inefficiencies so that they can be addressed is certainly a technology function. How else are you going to do it, paper filing system and reviews of records?

      IBM, Microsoft, Oracle, and lots and lots of other big companies make this a core part of their business and are constantly looking for new ways to out-innovate their competitors to achieve this kind of goal. This is also how one goes from being a geek playing with a couple of small servers to being a geek in business, making a lot of money and impacting a whole lot of other people with one's work and choices.

      Of course it doesn't have any l33t m0dz or blinkenlichtens, so it doesn't appeal to many.
      • by cayenne8 (626475)
        Ok..so, can you maybe define what business data tracking software is and maybe give some examples of it?

        As I posted before answering another person...I don't know WTF they're asking for here myself....

        • by TWX (665546)
          Companies that do work for the Federal Government for Defense have to itemize time to decimalized hours, or six minute increments. There's a time tracking system to track those projects.

          Companies that track manufacturing processes that take a long time complete, like processes where things cool at certain rates, or where things have to cure and have to resume, or have processes that otherwise require time or waiting.

          Distribution channel software can monitor the distribution process to deliver to stor
          • by Matheus (586080)

            I can think and name off several as well... Your Time& Attendance was one, CRM, HR data repositories... then you get into the various different chunks of financial data that have to be managed, then you have compliance management... etc etc etc...

            What everyone is asking is: Which of those / all? is this poll asking about? If you were to ask me what CRM software I'm using then I'd be able to give you a clear answer but this vague question can't be so simply answered. I'd be surprised if ANY company cou

      • I don't see what's vague about tech here. It's not cutting-edge tech necessarily, but software to keep a business running smoothly and efficiently, or to find the inefficiencies so that they can be addressed is certainly a technology function. How else are you going to do it, paper filing system and reviews of records?

        I tought they could leverage some synergies in order to find those inneficiencies, and stablish procedures to address them...

        • by TWX (665546)
          You work for Honeywell, don't you?
        • by BluBrick (1924)

          I don't see what's vague about tech here. It's not cutting-edge tech necessarily, but software to keep a business running smoothly and efficiently, or to find the inefficiencies so that they can be addressed is certainly a technology function. How else are you going to do it, paper filing system and reviews of records?

          I tought they could leverage some synergies in order to find those inneficiencies, and stablish procedures to address them...

          If we took this off-line to workshop it, we would stand a better chance of engineering a best-practice solution to fit the paradigm of an adaptive revenue stream from product lines architected to incentivize the imagineering constructicated by cloud-conscious upwardly-mobile C-level Gen-Y clients demographically oriented by the dynamics of an elastic market.

    • I'll come out of hiding for this one.

      First, polls aren't scientific. It's in the FAQ. Anyone doing market research with Slashdot polls is higher than a kite.

      Second, many businesses depend heavily on off the shelf solutions to strategic business problems. Until I created forecasting software for my company, we depended on Excel reports heavily with mixed results. So maybe it doesn't seem "high tech" to you, but this poll is far more relevant to most readers than asking who is on TDMA, CDMA or WCDMA networks

    • This pool places that where you work has a particular agenda on how it uses its software. We use Free in cost, or Free in Open, we also use closed source, and sometimes we write our one programs to do the work. It really depends on what we need to do. And what data needs to be processed. PostgreSql custom stored procedure that is then processed Oracle Java Program that accesses Crystal Reports for the final output. I mean the Teared Application model allows for different tools to do different things. We
  • by coastal984 (847795) on Tuesday May 01, 2012 @09:42AM (#39856449) Journal
    When the slashdot poll is directly linked by some idiot marketer to the bound to fail offshoot site.
    • by tedgyz (515156) * on Tuesday May 01, 2012 @10:36AM (#39857049) Homepage

      I couldn't agree more. Some idiot bean counters think that the /. community cares about crap like business intelligence. They totally don't understand their audience if they think that is going to be the first successful offshoot. I refuse to even click the link for fear of legitimizing the stupidest thing to ever come out of /.

  • Is /. selling out? (Score:5, Interesting)

    by tedgyz (515156) * on Tuesday May 01, 2012 @10:33AM (#39857021) Homepage

    Ok, so /. is launching it's new SlashBi site and interestingly, there is this poll. I hope this isn't the signal of the end of the /. The polls used to be interesting. Now we have thinly veiled /vertisement. :-( Now I know why CmdrTaco jumped ship.

    • by c_jonescc (528041) on Tuesday May 01, 2012 @10:47AM (#39857173)
      Didn't you notice the new tagline?

      Slashdot: News for MBAs, stuff that makes a profit
    • Big Data, smothering everything you love...with Synergy.
  • I'm Retired (Score:5, Insightful)

    by DERoss (1919496) on Tuesday May 01, 2012 @10:40AM (#39857097)

    I have NO place of employ, and I have NO business software. If this poll is to be used for marketing, I guess you are not interested in me.

  • by kurisuto (165784) on Tuesday May 01, 2012 @10:55AM (#39857279) Homepage

    I work at a company of around 8000 people, and I regularly use software in all of these categories.

    • by geekoid (135745)

      since two of the options use the word 'mostly' then you can't be doing all of them.

      • by Xtifr (1323)

        Right, so the Mathemetician's Answer [tvtropes.org] is "none of the above", but that's misleading (as the Mathematician's Answer usually is), so the only reasonable response is "Mu! [catb.org]"

        • Right, so the Mathemetician's Answer [tvtropes.org] is "none of the above", but that's misleading (as the Mathematician's Answer usually is), so the only reasonable response is "Mu! [catb.org]"

          A mathematician's answer is not misleading if you understand math like a mathematician ;)

          • by treeves (963993)

            Is that like the story about the mathematician watching people come and go in and out of a building, and he sees two people go in, then one more, then he sees five people come out, and then he concludes that there are now negative two people in the building?

            • Is that like the story about the mathematician watching people come and go in and out of a building, and he sees two people go in, then one more, then he sees five people come out, and then he concludes that there are now negative two people in the building?

              Of course, that's a better answer than the biologist gives, who concludes they must have reproduced...

            • by arth1 (260657)

              Is that like the story about the mathematician watching people come and go in and out of a building, and he sees two people go in, then one more, then he sees five people come out, and then he concludes that there are now negative two people in the building?

              Let p be number of people in building b...
              Any mathematician would arrive at p-2; only an MBA would abhor an algebraic expression as the answer and arrive at -2.

          • by Xtifr (1323)

            A mathematician's answer is not misleading if you understand math like a mathematician ;)

            Even when it's not misleading, it's still uninformative. In fact, that's basically the definition. If it's not misleading and/or uninformative, it's not The Mathematician's Answer, it's a mathematician's answer.

      • by DaveV1.0 (203135)

        He is referring to the situation my company is in. We are huge, spread over several continents, and use do in-house data tracking with a mix of proprietary, free, and home-grown software in about equal proportions.

        In the company I work for, we use home-grown and free for data collection, proprietary and free for analysis and storage, and a combination of the three for presentation.

    • by Patch86 (1465427)

      Frankly, the term "business data" makes it pretty much meaningless. My company has more than 9000 employees; pretty much everything we do generates data. All different data. All tracked in different ways. How our HR department tracks recruitment data and payroll data is not the same as how we track customer contact data, account data, transaction data, logistics data, water usage data...

      We must have dozens of different systems tracking data in different ways. God knows which poll option even any given one o

    • We don't track it, however NSA insourced it for us.
  • I was looking for the "In-house but not software I wrote" option then I realized all of our data is all stored in a mass of excel spreadsheets that we try to desperately keep up to date with the so called "master copy" stored within a database.

    So i picked "In-house, using mostly conventional payware"

    • by magsol (1406749)
      Beat me to it: "one massive excel spreadsheet" most aptly falls under the "conventional payware" category, even if the spirit isn't quite right.
    • by artor3 (1344997) on Tuesday May 01, 2012 @11:56AM (#39858095)

      Came to post this. Layers upon layers of interconnected excel sheets, all linked to other files and filled with macros written 10+ years ago. One of these days we're going to find out that there was an error in the original formula, and we actually went out of business years ago.

      • by Bigby (659157)

        The next step is to migrate the data on those excel sheets to MS Access because "I heard this database thing is a good idea".

        • by geekoid (135745)

          Access is far better then excel.

          If they are truly clueless, just pout Oracle on the back end and link to it.
          hat will make you next step far, far easier and more likely to happen.

      • by Dadoo (899435)

        I almost want to ask you what industry you're in. Your business seems like the ideal candidate for a new application. Even if you aren't interested, other companies in your market might be.

        • by artor3 (1344997)

          That anecdote was actually from my part-time job back in college: tech support for a special education company. Essentially they have a bunch of teachers who specialize in tutoring young (kindergarten or younger) kids with autism and/or learning disabilities. If a parent notices their kid isn't developing normally (e.g. not talking by a certain age), they do an evaluation and if necessary, the kid gets put in a special sort of pre-k that teaches them to cope with their disability from an early age and slo

  • ...some places still use (the horror!) paper for their tracking.

    The rural library I run tracks some things on paper, some things with Free/free software, and our core statistics on payware, though not conventional. They are all combined on Free software for our monthlies and annuals.

    • by KC1P (907742)

      Totally! I *wish* I had more business than I could handle on paper ... but sadly it isn't even a pain in the neck.

  • Business Data? Like data that customers pay for us to maintain, internal data like asset tracking (of one sort or another), internal data like project documents, internal data like software written by devs?

    Too many options, or just one too broad an option.

    Sure, we have an asset (hardware) tracking database but it pretty much blows so I have a database I wrote that provides system tracking with automatic updates of system information. It was a spreadsheet when I got here but I pretty much don't like using sp

  • With index cards.

  • Okay, maybe i'm too much of a nerd, but what kind of 'Business Data' are they taling about? Financials (i.e. Quickbooks), customers & warehouse management (ERP), point of sale (OpenBravo, both free & Free, in my case), H.R. stuff (employee performance tracking, maybe payroll), or maybe they even mean a database to store your IP? I would like to say 'Not my department', but I'm the business owner, and I still have no clue. But I suppose that's probably the way it usually is.
  • In-house using software my company develops and sells but I don't personally write.

  • At my place of employ the IT department's mouths are firmly glued to Microsoft's teats. It doesn't matter how slow or inadequate the product is to our needs, if it comes from Microsoft it's gotta be the best, right?

    If for some reason MS doesn't make a product that we need then we go with the most monolithic, unresponsive corporate behemoth which does.

    There's been a lot of pressure lately to support Macs, which must have scared the bejeezus out of IT. But now that Apple is acting more and more like Microsoft

    • by Osgeld (1900440)

      it comes down to accountability, if the shit ever hits the fan do you want mega corp to honer their support contract or even have their army of minions work up a fix, or rely on some guy / group who's homepage still points to a sourceforge page that has not been updated since 2003?

  • I work at a research lab. Science data is collected and processed using an elaborate bunch of gizmos running in-house software, a good portion of which has my fingerprints on it. The administrivia of purchasing of said widgets and consumables for them is handled with some SAP-branch horseshit that someone else barfed all over before selling it to us.
  • Isn't there an option for "using Free open source software that I wrote myself"?
  • "Once the rockets are up, who cares where they come down
    That's not my department," says Wernher von Braun
  • Using sticks and twigs.

  • In-house using totally pirated payware.

  • I've seen that Slashbiz crap, and it looks like something some eager new "entrepeneur" kid straight out of college with his trust fund would put together. People in suits sitting at clean desks smiling smiling? I mean come on. It's the bloody pits. Next you'll have a picture of a smiley woman wearing a headset (you all know what i mean) and "your opinion matters" at the top of the page.

    Get your shit together /., because this isn't going to float. A million companies go down this whole "business friendly r

  • Okay I (think I) get what business data is. Data generated for the business. Customer/student/patient/stock databases, transaction details, billing information, documents, etc. Is that right?

    But what does it mean to "track" this? Storage and backups? Transaction management? Top-down view of who has what open files?

    Can anyone help?

  • Most of our data lives in our ERP where it belongs. Lots and lots of other mission critical data is kept in databases that I designed using applications that I wrote. I'm rather proud of that, too.

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