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Nov. 30th, 2006 @ 09:06 pm It's gotta be said
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There's a commercial I keep seeing on TV, where the actor says

"You mean SAP will grow with my company?"

SAP is a software product that according to it's salespeople will do everything, what they don't tell is that in order to do anything you need an army of specialists trained in it's use, a project budget the size of the US debt (and growing at the same rate) and about two lifetimes of training for each and every person in your company, no matter how little they will be using SAP.

So whenever I hear "You mean SAP will grow with my company?" I have to answer "yes, just like a cancerous tumor"

Just something I felt like sharing
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Date:December 1st, 2006 04:15 am (UTC)
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The posters that say "such-and-such company runs with SAP" you see in airports? Still gives me PTSD shivers. You don't install or implement it, you get it like a bad case of VD.

IMHO, anyway. I'm sure somewhere there's a simple, single-function German engineering company that had it work perfectly out of the box...
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Date:December 1st, 2006 07:25 am (UTC)
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SAP and Oracle are in adjacent buildings, or nearly adjacent buildings, on the south side of Route 128 in Burlington, Massachusetts, where High Voltage Engineering and Ion Physics were long ago, on or near Van de Graff Road, where Van de Graff accelerators used to be built.

For a while, Sybase was on the other side of 128, from where Oracle is now.

Once upon a time the area had farms and industry, now it's office parks and shopping (the latest in mall geometry showed up with a Borders, an Omaha Steak storefront, and various other stores, with the parking lot in the center of an almost-square of storefronts, the storefrontage broken by the entry and exit drives onto/off from the street. It's on the other side of 128 from the Marriott Hotel that Readercon's been in for a number of years now). That area's not as dense with malls as Torrance, California was back when I was out living in LA years ago, but then, almost no place else on the planet probably had that density of mall-to-mall malls, driving along Torrance Blvd. (I have no idea what it';s like out there now, since I haven't been there in years, and there had been a number of malls in California that went bust and I presume got flattened and replaced by some other type of activity.)