About two weeks ago I posted a blog entry about our Pilot project with Harrisburg CAT and I ended my blog with the statement “Isn’t technology great when it serves a purpose!!”
Today I wanted to take a moment to revisit this particular topic because today I’m annoyed. And here is why I’m annoyed.
- Far too many technology vendors seem to be trying to sell me everything under the sun simply because its the newest thing out there.
- I’m not told “why” I should have this new shiny… It falls on to my shoulders to determine why I need the new shiny…
- The attitude of many vendors is that I should buy from them right now and they get offended / angry when I don’t buy the item.
- In once case I have had a vendor tell me “this isn’t a free ride” Like I somehow owe them something because they gave me a discount on some previous item and now I need to buy other items on their schedule…not on mine.
Now in all fairness not everybody is doing this. There are some good vendors and advertisers that do a wonderful job of explaining to me why this new shiny is better than the old shiny. I can even honestly say I’ve had a couple vendors tell me that I don’t need the new shiny… The new shiny doesn’t seem to fit with my other widgets. And to those guys my hat is off. I applaud vendors and advertisers that do not sensationalize or hype their product. I pay attention to those guys when they do step up and say “hey you need this” because I know that they aren’t just looking for a fast buck.
The real lesson to be learned here is that technology without a purpose (for me) is technology I’m NOT likely to buy on behalf of the company I work for. Oh and by the way, I’m not going to buy it for my home use either.
As for the good guys doing the right thing… Keep doing it!