The Demo that Wasn’t

I was going to write an article on a new amazing piece of software from a promising sounding start.

The PowerPoint was great.

So were the customer testimonials.

The demo that I was going to base the article was canceled at the last moment because an update failed.

They couldn’t revert to an earlier version or such.

They couldn’t show it to me. It’s Friday. Told me it would be next week before I would be able to see the demo.

I am guessing their (previously?) happy customers couldn’t continue with their work.

So, instead of writing an article, I will ask some questions:

  1. How well do you test your software before it goes life?
  2. If it doesn’t work, can you revert or otherwise recover?
  3. If you can’t, how unhappy will your customers be? How many will you lose?

I will not ask whether or not you have a backup for articles that might suddenly not be able to be written.

Please don’t ask me either.

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Written by Russell Brand

Russell has started three successful companies, one of which helped agencies of the federal government become very early adopters of open source software, long before that term was coined. His first project saved The American taxpayer 250 million dollars. In his work within federal agency, he was often called, “the arbiter of truth,” facilitating historically hostile groups and factions to effectively work together towards common goals


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