Observations about the software industry today

Sometimes I think that the movie Conspiracy Theory should have been about the software industry today. What has become of it lately? Here is what I believe:


·         I believe the Anti-Virus companies write all the viruses.


·         I believe most software is way over priced.


·         I believe we now alpha test software for vendors


·         I believe we beta test when service pack 1 comes out.


·         I believe 1.0 is not the standard to avoid, RTM (release to manufacturing/gold code) is.


·         I believe we get the final, ready for the world product when service pack 2 comes out.


·         I believe most software has too many features for 98% of the users.


·         I believe all the added features cause 100% of the problems with software today.


·         I believe it is better to update software then to design it properly to begin with.


·         I believe we, the paying consumer, don’t complain enough so things are only going to continue to get worse.


·         I believe you pay 10 times the cost of software in support costs and lost productivity when it does not function properly out of the box.


·         I believe the world has become too computer savvy because of buggy software.


·         I believe a computer should be just another asset at the office place, taken for granted like a stapler or pencil.


·         I believe that a computer isn’t taken for granted because broken things always get attention and notice.


·         I believe release dates are based upon dates on PowerPoint slides, not when the product is anywhere near being ready or bug free.


 

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