Declaration of IT Independence

 
 
By Michael Vizard  |  Posted 2007-07-03 Email Print this article Print
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Opinion: When in the Course of IT events it becomes necessary for a customer to dissolve the bonds which have connected them with a vendor.

When in the Course of IT events it becomes necessary for a customer to dissolve the bonds which have connected them with a vendor and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Natures God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of others requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation. We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all IT organizations are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. — That to secure these rights, service level agreements are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, — That whenever any Form of Governance becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the IT organization to alter or to abolish it, and to institute a new agreement, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.
Prudence, indeed, will dictate that agreements long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such agreements, and to provide new Guards for their future security. — Such has been the patient sufferance of many IT organizations; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the present relationship with too many vendors is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over IT organizations. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.
Vendors have refused his assent to service level agreements, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good. Vendors have forbidden IT organizations to deploy applications of immediate and pressing importance, unless suspended in their operation till the vendor assent should be obtained; and when so suspended, the vendors have utterly neglected to attend to them. Vendors have refused to pass contract terms for large number of end users, unless customers would relinquish the right of representation, a right inestimable to them and formidable to tyrants only.
Vendors have called together legislative bodies at places unusual, uncomfortable, and distant for the sole purpose of fatiguing customers into compliance with his measures. Vendors have dissolved customer councils and end user organizations repeatedly, for opposing with manly firmness his invasions on the rights of IT. Vendors have refused for a long time, after such dissolutions, to cause others to be elected, whereby the vendor powers, incapable of Annihilation, have exposed customers to all kinds of dangers from without, and convulsions within. Vendors have endeavored to prevent the population of IT organizations; for that purpose of providing more services that either limit the growth opportunity of IT people or eliminate their positions all together. Vendors have obstructed the administration of Justice by refusing his assent to the laws of established Judiciary Powers. Vendors have made judgments about contract dependent on their Will alone regarding the amount and payment required. Vendor have hired a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harass our bosses and eat out their substance. Vendors kept among us standing armies of sales people. Vendors have affected to render their employees to be independent of and superior to IT Power. Vendors have combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our IT policies, and unacknowledged by us; given assent to terms contrary to those policies: For quartering large bodies of consultants among us: For protecting them, by a mock trial, from punishment for any transgressions: For cutting off our Trade with rival vendors: For imposing licensing fees on us without our Consent: For depriving us in many cases, of the benefit of appeal on licensing terms: For transporting us beyond technical support for pretended offences: For creating independent subsidiaries, establishing therein an Arbitrary government, and enlarging its Boundaries so as to render it at once an example and fit instrument for introducing the same absolute rule. For taking away established terms and conditions, abolishing our most valuable contracts and altering fundamentally the terms of agreement: For suspending established agreements and declaring themselves invested with power to legislate for us in all cases whatsoever. By declaring customers out of his license protection and waging war against them. Vendors have plundered our budgets, ravaged our infrastructure, eliminated our functions and hired away our best people. Vendors have transported large Armies of foreign Mercenary outsourcers to complete the works of death, desolation, and tyranny, already begun with circumstances of Cruelty & Perfidy scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous ages, and totally unworthy of a civilized business partner. Vendors have constrained our fellow IT citizens by taking them captive to work manually on a limited number of project because of virtually useless management tools. Vendors have excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and have endeavored to create schisms amongst us. In every stage of these Oppressions We have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble terms: Our repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. A vendor, whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the partner of a free people. Nor have We been wanting in attentions to our vendors. We have warned them from time to time of attempts to extend an unwarrantable jurisdiction over us. We have reminded them of the circumstances of our emigration from one vendor and our settlement with them. We have appealed to their native justice and magnanimity, and we have conjured them by the ties of our common kindred to disavow these usurpations, which would inevitably interrupt our connections and correspondence. They too have been deaf to the voice of justice and of consanguinity. We must, therefore, acquiesce in the necessity, which denounces our Separation, and hold them, as we hold the rest of mankind, Enemies in War, in Peace Friends. We, therefore, the Representatives of IT community, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly publish and declare, That IT departments, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent, that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to a vendor, and that all legal political connection between them and the vendor, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as Free IT organizations, they have full Power to say what they want, conclude Peace contract Alliances with other vendors, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which Independent IT organizations may of right do. — And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Careers, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.
 
 
 
 
As the Editorial Director and Senior Vice President, Michael Vizard sets the strategic editorial direction for the Enterprise Group at Ziff Davis, which includes eWEEK, Baseline, CIO Insight, The Channel Insider, Publish and Microsoft Watch,. Mr. Vizard has served as the Editor in Chief of CMP Media's Computer Resellers News, in addition to being Editor in Chief at International Data Group's InfoWorld. Mr. Vizard has also had extensive editorial management experience over an 18-year career that has included management positions with PC Week, Computerworld, Digital Review and Electronic Buyers' News.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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