Scared of Change? HA!

Often, in the software industry, when a new product is released (or escapes), there are people who do not care much.  These people tend to get “You’re scared of change.” thrown at them.

This is nonsense.

A business owner considering moving from a manual to a computerised system can probably see many advantages to doing so.  Sure, there will be some getting used to the new system, but the bother will more than be made up for by the eventual improvement.

Version 2 of the computer system, though, is a different story.

In version 1, a lot of time or money may have been saved over the previous manual system.  Version 2 is not likely to be that much of an improvement over version 1.

So is it worth changing?  Quite often, the answer is no.

If version 2 does not have significant advantages over version 1, the additional expense may never get paid off with a corresponding benefit.

Another point, and a nasty one is that software is very subject to change.  One of the things that can happen is that features can be removed from software.  If you are using one of these features, you might not be able to do your work very well or at all with version 2.

Case in point: I have some 16-bit utilities that I use in maintaining a client billing system.  These utilities will not run on 64-bit Windows 7 unless one uses the XP Mode system or gets another program that allows 16-bit programs to run.  My Windows 7 system came with 64-bit Windows 7 installed.  To get my 16-bit utilities to run, I have to go to additional trouble.

The situation is worse with my laptop, because only some versions of Windows 7 will run XP Mode.  My laptop is faster than my Windows XP system, but takes fifteen times longer to run one heavily-used utility because I have to use another program that is slower.  That is so much slower that it interferes with my workflow.

The upshot is that I have continued my client billing system maintenance work on my Windows XP system.

Many of us have been bit by changes that make it difficult to do our work.  Given a change and no real reason to switch, many of us save our money and stick with what we know works.

Scared of change?  No, it is wanting to keep things working.

Do not let people guilt you into spending money on the next great thing unless you yourself think that it is the next great thing.