[kwlug-disc] What's the simple next level beyond OpenOffice Base?
Insurance Squared Inc.
gcooke at insurancesquared.com
Sat Nov 27 10:43:35 EST 2010
Excellent point, and not something most of us would think through at the
I worked in the pricing department of an insurance company back in the
nineties doing technical pricing work. I created a couple of Excel
spreadsheets for the underwriters to use to assist them with their
pricing work. 5+ years after I'd left the company an underwriter
thanked me for the spreadsheets - they were still using them. As far as
I know, they're still using them today, well over a decade after I've left.
> This is the start of "code sprawl". Instead of spreadsheets being just
> they contain code (business logic) in them, and in effect, you have an
> An application is something you have to maintain for many years to come:
> debug, modify, extend, ...etc. They have a life of their own, and require
> time and effort to continue to exist. Application development is not a
> time thing. It is an on going effort.
> So, whatever you decide to replace that with, take this into account. For
> better or for worse, you have an application that needs to be maintained
> for the foreseeable future.
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