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User-Friendliness Considerations for Enterprise Software
I just read Khoi Vinh's quacking cow dolphin post (by way of Nicholas Carr's blog) about how unfriendly he thinks enterprise software is (both posts are

ag trader blog  coterie of information technology managers who are concerned primarily with stability, security and the continual justification of their jobs and staffs, enterprise software answers to few actual users. I suppose that could often be the case, but it doesn't have to be that way. I can think of at least two ways that situation doesn't have to come to pass. Get the software development process to incorporate greater open communications, as facilitated in say, an open source project, where you can gather

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