Internet technology opens up opportunities

15 years reviewed: Paul Burnet.

Paul Burnet


Title: Consultant

Employer: Software Consultants Ltd

Job duties: Project leader

IT environment: Prime mini computers


Title: Director

Employer: Software Consultants Ltd

Job duties: Financial and architectural

IT environment: Unix, Microsoft, Oracle

The most significant industry event of the past 15 years:

The web becoming a commercially viable technology, which opened up opportunities for companies to change they way they communicate and conduct day-to-day business activities.

The most significant technology development of the past 15 years:

Increased speed to access the web.

One technology you thought would make it but didn't:

The Ingres database, as this was a good product, but now Oracle has superseded it with its focus on being a database for the internet.

One technology you thought wouldn't make it but did:

ERP systems. There have been some big installations of systems for relatively small organisations, which I did not believe would happen. I think the jury is still out on this as there is still a question of these ERP systems ability to truly deliver a complete software solution for companies.

Worst technology decision you made in the past 15 years:

Not purchasing a Sun box in the early 1990s.

Best technology decision you made in the past 15 years:

Using Oracle on the many internal and external project SCL was involved in through the 80s and 90s.

Proudest IT achievement:

Still being in business. Commercialising SCL's contract management system for the health administration sector and then redeveloping it into a 100% web-based application (and on a lighter note ... being able to program my VCR).

Worst IT disaster:

Being involved with several organisations who believed that an "off the shelf" software package would be a 100% fit for their needs and not being able to solve the change management issues which arose from these inappropriate implementations.

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