I want your opinion !


About jangdevos
I'm an IT/IS professor, a late Baby Boomer, married with Ann and father of Hélène and Willem, a Stones fan and interested in almost everything. I work at the UGent (campus Kortrijk), Belgium. My research domain are: IT Governance in SMEs, IT/IS Security, IT Management, IT Project Management, IT Trends and IT/IS failures.

3 Responses to I want your opinion !

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    • jean-luc allard says:

      Hi Jan

      Absolutely not.
      A vendor has no capacity to juge if a customer has the skills or not. He may try to show him the complexity and the risks associated with the use of the SW, he may try to convince them. But he has no right to prevent the SME to do what they like! Risk is mostly a perception and sometimes a basis to take opportunities. once warned, the SME can still decide to go “knowing the warnings” and they are accountable for their decision

      JL Allard

      • jangdevos says:

        Thank you Jean-Luc for the reply.
        The question is of course of bit provocative, but you have to see it in a context of SMEs where the IT capabilities are sometimes inadequate to conduct a complex project like an ERP project. Since a lot of IT projects fail, the software vendor become also part of the litigation. Then judges tend to say to the vendors: you should have prevented your customer to set sail for the project, you are the specialist, so you have the moral and legal obligation to say no, instead doing so you aimed for a vendor lock and look what happened now…


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