“I recommend we build a tracking database”


I am always reminded of this Dilbert cartoon whenever a customer has a large complex problem at work, and some genius suggests “We’ll build a database”.  Or frequently, we’ll implement a replacement database because the old database product is 3 versions behind.

It’s 3 versions behind because we’ve not paid for product maintenance.

Because we’re 3 versions behind, the current database has gotten a bad reputation amongst the customers, and our internal users.

The fix?  We’ll purchase a new database system from a different vendor.  This ensures that much project work will occur, contractors will be able to charge massive daily charge rates and we’ll be all happy as pigs in poo because we’re playing with something new.

(I found this 1996 Dilbert cartoon via the excellent Dilbert Strip Finder website).

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