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Posted Thursday, June 16, 2011 7:08 AM


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Posted Thursday, June 16, 2011 7:11 AM


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One of my favorite explanatory expressions: "We could do it that way but it would like using a sledge hammer to kill a flea."
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Posted Thursday, June 16, 2011 7:13 AM


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Andy, I have to say, your flying ship phrase amused me.

One that I've misappropriated is "data stream", to indicate the flow of data from first arrival to final rest or evaporation. Business people "get it" when I use that phrase. They easily grasp that the stream of data includes people as well as computers, and so on. It's not the "official" definition of the phrase, it's just how I've been misusing it for decades.


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Posted Thursday, June 16, 2011 7:29 AM
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"Do you want a Yugo, a Buick, or a Porsche?" I use that when the business asks for a quick, but potentially long-living database application. Then I explain you can do simply collect the information in Excel, or get some querying capability in MS Access, or wait a little longer and a get a top-of-line fast-running, scalable, maintainable solution on SQL Server.


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Posted Thursday, June 16, 2011 7:44 AM
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2 of my faves where I work are:
"Do you want a Yugo to pull a Semi Trailer?"
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"You have a toothpick holding up the fortress."

This is usually reserved for some of the Access databases they have around here that I have to support..
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Posted Thursday, June 16, 2011 7:55 AM


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A good few years ago, a guy called Keith Bontrager, when heading up a company manufacturing mountain bike parts, summed up his customers' buying dilemma - and the compromise every manufacturer had to balance - by saying "Cheap, light, strong. Pick any two". I've used the same format several times in different scenarios to highlight to my customers necessary compromises e.g. "Cheap, on time, fully functional; pick any two"


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Posted Thursday, June 16, 2011 8:00 AM


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"Do you want a Yugo, a Buick, or a Porsche?" I use that when the business asks for a quick, but potentially long-living database application. Then I explain you can do simply collect the information in Excel, or get some querying capability in MS Access, or wait a little longer and a get a top-of-line fast-running, scalable, maintainable solution on SQL Server.

A Toyota Corola isn't as fast as a Porsche or as cheap as Yugo, but it is reliable, has plenty of legg room, and comes equipped with the standard options. If I had to compare the databases I design to a car, that's what it would be; a Corola.
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Posted Thursday, June 16, 2011 8:09 AM


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"Frequent Flyer": a term used to describe a user that requires an excessive amount of attention from IT or training resources.
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Posted Thursday, June 16, 2011 8:15 AM


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Only just remembered. Most of our users don't understand much about the IT infrastructure necessary to support the business, but when a colleague called himself a network ferret, the penny dropped for everyone.

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Posted Thursday, June 16, 2011 8:18 AM
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this isn't really an IT phrase, but a couple of us hung on to it. Several years ago I was trying to explain something to a coworker who just wasn't there that day... after several rounds of deer-in-the-headlights, she suddenly made the break-through and said, "Oh, you need to talk to me in CAPITOL LETTERS TODAY".
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