I detect a drift from Dilbert into the realm of Bat Man. If some poor soul 
chops off his own foot with an ax, we would not accuse him of inventing a new 
self-amputation tool. It's an unfortunate but unintended consequence of using 
an old tool improperly. Maybe we could find a cadre of available OSOs in the 
rear of the Bat Cave, but in practice we might find this effort a hard sell to 
the CFO. Especially because it runs counter to established corporate wisdom. 

The whole point of share-ware is to achieve maximum flexibility at least cost. 
A new bureaucracy is not likely to garner many champions. OTOH I could eagerly 
invest in whatever industry manufactures red tape. 

J.O.Skip Robinson
Southern California Edison Company
Electric Dragon Team Paddler 
SHARE MVS Program Co-Manager
323-715-0595 Mobile
626-302-7535 Office

-----Original Message-----
From: IBM Mainframe Discussion List [mailto:IBM-MAIN@LISTSERV.UA.EDU] On Behalf 
Of Jack J. Woehr
Sent: Tuesday, September 20, 2016 4:40 PM
Subject: (External):Re: Corporate lawsuit exposure Was: k4t4949b (September 
2016 refresh of the z/OS 2.2 manuals)

Joel C. Ewing wrote:
> Unfortunately in a large corporate environment you may have a large 
> number of users with access to workstations who are not sophisticated 
> enough to understand software licensing distinctions.

My experience in Fortune 100 Land is that these policies readily transmute 
themselves into tools for maintaining the status quo and shielding the 
incompetent rather than protecting the institution or the customers.

My suggestion is that institutions create trained cadres of Open Source 
Officers (OSO, The Bear) and have one in each technical dep't. empowere to 
approve/disapprovite in a timely fashion all requests to install specific open 
source packages.

If the glasshouse doesn't get a shovel handy, it's going to suffocate under its 
own mountain of bullfeathers. When I was younger and studying Roman history, I 
could understand the Roman Republic and the early Empire, but found the 
Byzantine Era impenetrable. At this point in my life, I understand the 
Byzantine Era much better than I did before!

Jack J. Woehr     # Science is more than a body of knowledge. It's a way of
www.well.com/~jax # thinking, a way of skeptically interrogating the universe 
www.softwoehr.com # with a fine understanding of human fallibility. - Carl Sagan

For IBM-MAIN subscribe / signoff / archive access instructions,
send email to lists...@listserv.ua.edu with the message: INFO IBM-MAIN

Reply via email to