|FROM ||Ron Guerin
|SUBJECT ||Re: [hangout] What would the definition of enterprise level
On Wed, 2004-12-01 at 19:06, Steve Milo wrote:
> I would like to try to bring some kind of meaningful definition to this
> phrase or redefine it. So I have a few questions.
> What would define enterprise level computing?
The term "enterprise computing" refers simply to computers used to run
your enterprise. That's all it's ever meant, and frankly, although most
people presume it means a _large_ enterprise, that's not the case. I've
been around since that sad term fell into use, and I can tell you that
it never meant large, but it did imply that the system being spoke of
was of critical importance to its owner.
It's about as useful a term as "user friendly" and the sooner it falls
into disuse, the better. As you've noticed, people have started to give
it some kind of mystical aura, ie: "It's not ready for the enterprise!",
which is a completely nonsensical sentence, devoid of any meaning
whatsoever. (no two enterprises have exactly the same needs, so there is
no such thing as "the enterprise".) Anything and everything is
"enterprise ready", so feel free to argue vigorously anytime that
expression is used to justify something, because it means whatever you
want it to mean.
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