Wednesday, December 15, 2004

Where do you stand

The recent acquisition of PeopleSoft by Oracle has given a new dimension to the entire thought process for an ordinary software fellow like me … there was a time when we took pride in telling one and all that we belong to a particular creed of products.. we develop some thing on such and such product or software… something like fanatics…

Yes we are and were IT fanatics while the real ones are after some abstract concept called religion etal… we developers (I still call myself a developer ) took pride in saying that we work on open source, work on Java generics… had some kind of contempt for MS and IBM guys..

In real terms there was no need for contempt, but had contempt.. Never understood why.. Nor questioned why… it was cult system…

In the enterprise arena there were groups of fans who vouched their life for a product…. I know many a few who were into hard-core PeopleSoft fans and blissfully ignored other tools that have a better functionality or even better interface… Same was the case with SAP, Seibel, Ariba…

Now the paradigms have changed…

I am hurt… some thing similar to the ordinary soldier who lays down his life for a nation in a war of acquisition only to find that the two countries are joining together to form a greater force… for the top brass it was only a matter of business… for some one down below it was his life…

Once I remember, we suggested a major client to go in for PeopleSoft instead of Oracle Apps 10G … why we did it… cause we were in that idol worship of PeopleSoft.. to blissfully ignore other tools and even generate a report showing PeopleSoft in a better light…

Where do I stand in front of my client if I come across him on street….

I feel betrayed…

May be – in this world of business, one needs to be live in a “as-matter-of-fact” way, where there is no sense of belonging, no sense of pride in the tool we use....

Live the day as it is…

Who is the culprit.. definitely not the business guy… it is you who fell for that mirage!!!!

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