It was a wake-up call. When I first moved from a software firm to the information technology (IT) department of a Fortune 100 company, I was in for a big surprise. The IT group's mission was to create a massive software application it was actually a data warehouse (DW) before the term became mainstream. I had no reason to predict that developing this application would be so different from developing a software product. As it turned out, there were radical differences in the approaches.
As I write this column, I am faced with the choice of being politically correct and glossing over the issues I encountered, or being honest and potentially implying that IT people are not as good as software engineers. The latter is not the case there were simply fundamental differences in the way they applied standards to their projects. In hindsight, I realize that the reason for the differences was the vastly different business purpose for the code.
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