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Comment: Re: home of the ?Brave? (Score 2) 580

by keysdisease (#48626325) Attached to: Reaction To the Sony Hack Is 'Beyond the Realm of Stupid'
Not so much, if you are a corporation. The terrorists win. Not a shot fired. Behavior is changed, events are cancelled, angst pervades. Not with a gun or a bomb, but with a torrent this battle was won. Who'd a thunk? Outlook spools as shock and awe. OTH, maybe this better? No actual physical harm ITRW. Still for those corporate execs, light, heat and fallout and the same instinct to duck under their desk. If you can disrupt the infotainment ecosphere, can you cause wide spread mayhem in the real world? Perhaps understandable for MegaPlex execs after Colorado. But for Sony, hard to be sympathetic to serial incompetence. Whatever David Bois is charging them, it isn't enough.

Comment: Your CIO is right (Score 1) 209

Implementing ERP is the hard part. Now leverage that investment. Build in house expertise around oracle web / cloud development tools and data analysis tools to build the dashboards, reports and tools that your buisiness units need. These will be extensible and upgradable with future versions of erp suite. Data extracts and bespoke adjunct systems will inevitable become a pain to maintain and seldom serve the business well in the long run. Assuming you've gone to the effort to implement a full suite including financials ( gl, ar, ap), order entry, mrp, maybe crm or logistics, you now have sound data for decisions that will make the business more efficient, productive, and profitable. Oracle tools and data appliance are relatively cheap compared to your overall investment and can deliver real benefits to the business much more quickly that bespoke systems. Speaking as a former oracle consulting executive, I have seen many firms drag along old home grown systems or build new "solutions" around open source s/w on commodity h/w because it seems cheaper, but over time these become an end in themselves rather than a driver of business improvement. The mission of IT should be to capitalize on the investment made implementing the core systems to help the business become more profitable. In short, your CIO has it right.

Comment: Re: You Don't (Score 1) 384

Yeah, but..... I once had a new EVP that would never respond until a problem was widely recognized by his peers. Anything that smacked of initiative from his "underlings" was seen as threatening. As a VP with some "juice" in the executive suite, I sometime simply implemented improvements without his say so. Sometimes he would later receive cudos from the CEO or his peers for the positive impact of whatever I had done. The first couple times he fumbled his reaction and looked "out of touch" and was mighty pissed at me. But, fairly quickly, he learned it was better for his rep to accept approbations even when unsure why. We had a fairly productive couple years until the company was acquired by yet another suitor, but never really got along, probably because I used to sort of taunt him with emails captioned "Here's a solution, do you have a problem to match?".

Comment: Get him an iPad2 or newer (Score 2) 370

by keysdisease (#45634773) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Easy Wi-Fi-Enabled Tablet For My Dad?
I have given iPads to my 85+ year old in-laws with excellent results. My father in law used an iPad 2 with 3G (rural no broadband, but decent "bars") for about a year before he passed. Tried FaceTime but he was too deaf. But Email, iMessage, lots of pics of family in photos and lite web surfing worked fine. Nary and issue after setup. My mother in law is fairly adept, uses apple & her old aol email accts on mail app. Web surfing and shopping on Amazon. Lots of FaceTime with family now spread all around the world. Set up world clock so she could keep track of local time for family in Europe and Asia. Avid reader on Kindle App that I keep filled with titles she likes. Lots of family (especially great grand baby pics and videos) get emailed and she knows how to click to store in photos. She now uses Notes to type simple letters and print on wireless printer. Loaded a couple slot machine apps over Thanksgiving visit. Best thing, easy to support her. FaceTime while I walk her through resolution of issues and maybe only twice needed her to screen print and email me error screens. Anyway been doing this for a couple years and its WAY better than when used to have to to help her with her old AOL Win98 desktop POS.

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