One of my twitter friends sent me this picture today, and wow did it strike a chord. Some people try too hard to be “The Most Interesting Man in the World”
, many otherwise cautious and well intentioned content management superstars like to test code, changes, and migrations on live data. Of course you or I would never do that, but some daring people like to live on the edge.
Before any blame is implied, let’s look at the reality of the situation. Maintaining separate development and test environments on production equipment takes a ton of time and effort to not only stand-up, but also to maintain and keep in sync with your production systems. Getting resources from IT and QA is fraught with challenges, the least of which is pointing fingers when systems crash and users blow up at you.
So, what is a busy administrator like you to do? If you are reading this, wouldn’t you rather spend time testing and working with some of the cool new tools like PowerPivot in SharePoint 2010 for example, rather than struggling to install them? Excel Services is like the Maple Bacon of enterprise software – it’s sweet and sizzles and you KNOW you want it.
So AIIM Community, when was the last time you forgot to test things before you put them in production?