Wednesday, March 29, 2006

Seize the Day!

I had the opportunity to make a presentation on the subject of "Getting a Handle on Fulfillment Software" at the Mailing and Fulfillment Services Assoc. Conference in Dallas, March 24. It was a good show with a nice turnout.

By way of introduction to the subject, I mentioned I had read in The Economist that week that Belarus, a Russian "satellite," is in the throes of a political stalemate. Their apathy is reflected in many of the jokes Belarusians tell about themselves. In one, a citizen is hung by his captors. Two weeks later, he is still alive. How did he survive? “I got used to it.” This apathetic adaptability is also evident in the villages where they say, "Maybe another president would be worse!"

The point? All too often users with a crippled/compromised system simply "get used to it" and fear that making a change to another system might only make matters worse. Done poorly, of course, such a change could end up for the worse, but to reduce the chance of that outcome you need to know what you have control over and act accordingly.

The comedian Emo Phillips, I told the audience, says that when he was ten years old, he prayed to God every night for a bicycle. After awhile, he realized that God didn't work that way, so he went out and stole a bike, and prayed to God every night to forgive him!

It takes hard work to get a new system right, but if you engage in the effort intelligently, you won't have to pray to God every night that you made the right decision...

Wednesday, March 08, 2006

March Madness

We are back at work on the site. The "guts" and much of the skin should be done by the end of this month -- and we should have settled on a new official logo. In April we will finalize functionality (e-mail newsletter and other communication, credit card processing, etc.) and should be ready to have vendors start entering their data in May. Knowing how these projects go, I am assuming it will be the end of June before we are really and truly ready to go!

Thank you to those who have contributed suggestions. Feel free to click on "# Comments" and make it "# plus 1" with some suggestions of your own....
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