[Greasemonkey] A few thoughts on "Enterprise Greasemonkey"

Justin Mason jm at jmason.org
Wed Aug 3 13:53:02 EDT 2005


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Jeremy Dunck writes:
> On 8/2/05, Aaron Boodman <zboogs at gmail.com> wrote:
> > I also like the comparision to EAI software. I never thought of the
> > fact that it was also fragile, just like Greasemonkey.
> 
> Having survived an ERP implementation with oh-so-middleware, I can
> testify that middleware is home to the almighty kludges-- core
> business functions relying on screen scrapes and so on-- and that was
> -with- the army (70!) of consultants.
> 
> We're using XPI (no relation to the Moz distribution file, but the
> irony is sweet), which is a <strike>JDE</strike>
> <strike>PeopleSoft</strike> Oracle wrapper over WebMethods, a uh,
> well-regarded EAI toolset.  Good thing we have Gartner to tell us
> about TCO.
> 
> The amount of money spent to make stuff work when access to the code
> would have made things much cheaper and more stable is boggling.  And
> this is happening in corporate ITs all over, I'm convinced.

yep, very much!

I love bitching about consultantware.  Kragen Sitaker had some good
commentary on this model --
http://www.relevancellc.com/blogs/?p=36#comment-545 , as does jwz --
http://www.jwz.org/doc/groupware.html .  Well worth a read for some
titters.

- --j.
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