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Subject: Re: UKNM: Convincing others of the benefits of e-commerce
From: Tim Hayward
Date: Fri, 30 Jul 1999 13:38:00 +0100

This seems to be happening all too often these days but....


There... I said it

Ray Taylor wrote:

> (I have already deleted my response to this for fear that members of this
> list think me flippant on the issue. But thinking about it, I see no other
> solution).
> >> How do I convince my non-computer literature MD and Financial Director of
> >> the potential benefits of e-commerce?
> Get both directors in a room alone with you, slap each one hard around the
> The results must be one of the following:
> 1. The dust will fall off their bowler hats and umbrellas as they instantly
> see the light from the dawn of the information age (okay, 20 years after it
> happened, but better late than never)
> 2. They will both die of fright, leaving you free to take over the company
> and redirect it into the 20th Century, hopefully in time for a further move
> into the 21st.
> 3. You will be dismissed on the spot, leaving you free to go work for a
> decent company
> Seriously, anything short of shock tactics is at this stage in the game is
> unlikely to work.
> It really is just appalling that people are still able to masquerade as
> company directors without even a scant knowledge of the importance of IT. I
> still hear senior people in company management say that they "know nothing
> about computers" as if it were some kind of virtue. These are the same
> people that think a wordprocessor is something their secretary operates, and
> if they ever got email, would get her to "do it" for them.
> It does not require any technical knowledge of IT to read the FT, or any
> other business journal. Here you will find plenty of discussion of IT
> strategy without getting too much into the technical stuff.
> People who are thick as two short planks should be barred from becoming
> company directors. And boasting that you "know nothing about computers" is
> the same thing.
> Ray Taylor
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