[ubuntu-uk] School websites

Gordon Burgess-Parker gbplinux at gmail.com
Fri Jun 24 09:03:46 UTC 2011

On 24/06/2011 08:52, Sean Miller wrote:
> On 24 June 2011 08:45, Gordon Burgess-Parker <gbplinux at gmail.com 
> <mailto:gbplinux at gmail.com>> wrote:
>     As an example - in a quoted UK IT sector company, we (the Group
>     Finance Dept) decided that we wanted a reporting tool to sit on
>     top of JD Edwards, our ERM software. After research we decided on
>     Hyperion which is (or was 15 years ago) one of the best in the
>     business. So we bought it. The IT dept flatly refused to install
>     it because we (the Finance Dept who needed to USE it) hadn't
>     consulted them first...!!!!!!!!!!
> I bet you'd have been pissed off if the IT Department had decided to 
> take it upon themselves to prepare the annual accounts without telling 
> you... swings and roundabouts...  if the management accountants are 
> going to evaluate, install and support software why have an IT 
> department at all?
> I'd have not been amused either...
> Sean

Not so. How can the IT dept evaluate a FINANCIAL reporting application? 
Especially an internationally-recognised market leader? The IT dept is a 
SERVICE dept. If the MD says "I want such and such a software because I 
think we can benefit from it, the IT dept shouldn't throw a hissy fit 
just because the MD didn't consult them about what software HE wants - 
they should buckle down and install it.
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