Staying for tea

When I was a kid I used to go and play at my mates houses, and they came to ours. That was pretty easy to arrange, often we would walk or ride to each others house and call on each other. In and free = play, out or busy = no play. simple stuff.

Sometimes the chance to stay for tea (evening meal – not cucumber sandwiches like down south) cropped up. Generally this involved asking permission of a grown up. Playing out (technically ‘leccin’ out’ in Yorkshire) rarely had this overhead, and risk of denial.


Excel/VBA = playing out, no adult involvement required.

.net or COM dll (or Excel Services?), or anything with deployment effort = asking an adult to stay for tea.


(IS department plays the part of the responsible adult, rightly (?) or wrongly (?))

And where is the real power do you think in the orgs you have worked? Can IS really stop business system deployment, or just hold it up/frustrate? I reckon I’ve seen IS as master and servant in different orgs. I prefer the ‘IS is a service’ model (funny old thing).



3 Responses to “Staying for tea”

  1. Marcus Says:

    “Can IS really stop business system deployment, or just hold it up/frustrate”

    Let’s put it this way: I’ve yet to witness a IT department preventing the business from doing it’s own development.

    Business moves faster than IT or at least the IT dept’s capacity to respond. Most of the time I’ve seen the business undertake development on its own it’s because of either:

    1) Constraints. Time (they need it now), Budget (IT dept too expensive), Resources
    2) Experience. That is, bad experience with prior IT dept dealing.
    3) Knowledge. The IT dept has an insufficient knowledge of the business.

    I also think that the IT dept should be there to serve (within the constraints of formal methodologies). Occasionally you’ll see it done reasonably well. One retailer set up a dedicated server for Access databases and educated the business on leveraging common data (such as postal codes). I’ve also seen business units do very sneaky things in order to circumvent IT dept restrictions.

    Ironically enough, this love hate relationship between the business and IT has kept me nicely employed for over a decade.

    Regards – Marcus

  2. Marcus Says:

    Hmm. I’m sure it’s nothing personal – but my postings keep getting Spamacide.

  3. Simon Says:

    It really doesn’t seem to like something about your work connection.
    Good point about business systems always finding a way (Excel/VBA contractor for 3 months!).
    But if IS frustrate a good design, then the business will adopt a poor design just to get the thing done. Oh I think I have a half finished post about this very issue.
    Sounds like we make a living from the same dysfunction (too strong a word maybe?)

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