James is one of the most connected IT guys in the CU movement. It doesn’t really matter if you’re on Symitar or not, you probably have heard his name or some idea he’s come up with. I first met James back at SELCO in the late 90s, during one of the Northwest Symitar User Group meetings. He asked great questions and somehow I was on the answering end of his barrage and we quickly became friends.
In his post, he’s talking with a friend on OSI who just double posted something on accident. Since James has done everything on Symitar (by accident or on purpose) he knew he could recover from this double posting within 3 hours or so.
Is Symitar awesome, or just that James knows his way around the system? Is the debate something like a Windows Vista vs Mac OSX or Microsoft SQL vs MySql? There are trade offs with all systems (I’ve toyed on several core processors) but no matter what core system you have, if you don’t have competent IT people, you’ll be down longer than necessary.
My credit union (click about Otto if you want to find out who exactly) is going through a core conversion this year. We’re currently on XP Systems (IBM DB2 backend) and we’re moving to OSI (Oracle backend). Since I’ll be writing several tools for OSI, I attended their database training last week. When I read James’ post, I thought of three different ways they could have recovered within a couple of hours.
I think it comes down to knowing what options you have available. If you get stuck with tunnel vision and only see one solutions and you immediately follow it, you’re limiting yourself.
I guess that’s one of the reasons I’m excited that my shop is converting to OSI – lots of choices. With OSI, I’ll have access to the Oracle backend, CMC (their middleware that they don’t call middleware), and loads of other development tools. XP Systems had a road map that was leading them down a great path and I was able to test their API (called APEX), but it wasn’t ready for prime time, mainly because it wasn’t complete.
And as James says, “Come on, its only a little host conversion what you afraid of?”. I’d be concerned that if it didn’t go well it would be an RGE, resume generating event. But heck, we’re still young, right? The more problems you experience, the more problems you’ve had the opportunity to solve.