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October 20, 2015



Usually I have been on the team asking people to switch to our technology - from paper, Excel, home-grown tools with Access databases, more complex homegrown tools and customized off-the shelf products.
A tongue in cheek estimate of the probability of getting an organization to switch:

Probability of switching = p / ( n^2 * T^4 * A)

p: pain that will be relieved in total number of headaches per month (one migraine equals a 100 headaches)
n: number of people who need to make the switch
T: number of IT people involved in the decision
A: Avogadro's number

Note the wonderful example of Direct Current - the last direct current ConEd customer was transitioned in 2007 and even that by placing a rectifier on-site past the meter.

Chuck Hollis

Hah! That's brilliant. Thanks for sharing!!

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Chuck Hollis

  • Chuck Hollis
    SVP, Oracle Converged Infrastructure Systems

    Chuck now works for Oracle, and is now deeply embroiled in IT infrastructure.

    Previously, he was with VMware for 2 years, and EMC for 18 years before that, most of them great.

    He enjoys speaking to customer and industry audiences about a variety of technology topics, and -- of course -- enjoys blogging.

    Chuck lives in Vero Beach, FL with his wife and four dogs when he's not traveling. In his spare time, Chuck is working on his second career as an aging rock musician.

    Warning: do not ever buy him a drink when there is a piano nearby.

    Note: these are my personal views, and aren't reviewed or approved by my employer.
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