An Open Letter to Kodak IT management

by admin on October 15, 2007

We will now take a break from our regularly scheduled programming for an important service announcement.

Dear Kodak Management:

It has come to my attention, through a secret source stationed at the Willingdon building at the Burnaby Kodak campus, that you have upset the software developers who maintain the Prinergy code base.

You have installed a proxy service which monitors their web useage. Worse yet, it makes their web surfing as slow as walking through molasses.

Now, don't get me wrong, I understand the importance of monitoring web useage in case of naughtly-site surfing. You pay Kodak employees to work, not stare at pictures of Jessica Alba all day. This is not in dispute.

But you have now impacted the productivity of those people who use the web for, you know, productive work. And you have annoyed the software developers. Never ever annoy the software developers if you can possibly help it. When I worked at Creo, I annoyed everybody BUT the software developers. I even annoyed senior management with my obnoxious, grating personality and inadequate social skills. But I ALWAYS sucked up to the developers.

Why? Because the guy who writes code is the guy who create value. The guy with the MBA and the nifty powerpoint slides don't do a thing for the share price. And the coder guys are not happy because you have messed with their web surfing.

Fortunately, there is  a way to move forward, a possibility of creating a win-win situation (I have just used some of the MBA powerpoint cliches, as a way of looking inclusive).

At present, the proxy service/software that you used to monitor for naughtly-site serving just plain sucks. Replace it with OpenDNS.

OpenDNS is awesome. It's free, it's used by many businesses. It allows you to monitor and check for naughtly sites. And best of all it's SPEEDS up your web browser due to its humongous cache.

Think about it, o senior Kodak IT managers. You would look like heroes, implementing a web surfing solution that would please the software developers, rather than upsetting them. Plus, no more naughtly-site surfing problem. The world would be a safer, happier place.

We will now return to our regularly scheduled programming...

{ 1 comment }

David Ulevitch October 16, 2007 at 8:11 am

I fully support this idea and am happy to talk to “the suits” if that’d help. 🙂

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