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Blog Archive for malcolmdavis during July 2006

Sales and marketing: Companies routinely add functionality to a product that will never be used by a client. The reason for the un-used features is to meet an entry on a Request For Proposal (RFP). The sales department can then present the functionality to potential clients. Many times a RFP item is something that multiple clients have requested, but serves little or no purpose. [The...
For years I've had the discussion with developers, database administrators, and system admins on big-box vs. the multi-box solutions. The question is "How is scalability achieved"? Application scalability can be defined as the ability to increase the application throughput in proportion to the hardware that is being used to host the application. In other words, if an application is able to...
Messaging barrage My first job out of college was with Boeing Aerospace. Engineers occupying rows of desk in a large open room, and the constant distraction of telephones and conversations, I wondered how anybody got anything done. Jump ahead 20 years, "Did you get my email?" a colleague asked. "No" I replied, "I haven't checked my email recently". The colleague was frustrated. He had...