Posts by Bart Janssen

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  • Hard News: The unstable Supercity, in reply to Russell Brown,

    And WTF are we paying MBIE nearly $5 million for?

    Committee meetings.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 4015 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: The flagging referendum, in reply to BenWilson,

    the things I write might have more impact

    no that path leads to madness

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 4015 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Paths where we actually ride, in reply to Katy,

    Giving Ponsonby Rd and K-Rd cycle lanes would hands down be the biggest game changer for the inner suburbs, everything else would follow…

    Great Nth road through to Grey Lynn shops has tonnes of room for a cycleway. Sure the car yards wouldn't be able to park their cars on the footpath but you could have an awesome ridgeline route.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 4015 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Paths where we actually ride,

    only for the whole climb to be thrown away on the descent on the other side

    This.

    Auckland is hilly, it's a fact of life. But cyclists love routes that reduce wasted effort. Even if it's longer it's usually much more fun to ride around a ridge than go down into a valley and then have to climb straight back out (unless you really love hillclimbing).

    And if you are trying to encourage less fit riders then steep hills are the pits.

    Also exposed routes may have lovely views but are vulnerable to wind.

    I'm glad they are consulting, lets hope folks who don't ride but would like to share their thoughts.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 4015 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: The flagging referendum, in reply to nzlemming,

    I have no doubt that some of the more idiotic comms managers

    The implication being there are less idiotic ones?

    I did say guesstimate. I don't think anyone knows. And I doubt we'll ever know, because the flag won't change and when it does change most of the costs will be devolved and hidden.

    But a guess at any number less than several 10s of millions is naive at best and deceptive at worst.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 4015 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: The unstable Supercity, in reply to John Holley,

    Well we had two SAP projects ... delivered the promised benefits,

    If you asked our CIO he'd say the same about our SAP implementation too. I'd bet there are very few CIOs who'd say their implementation of SAP was the disaster the actual users get to experience.

    Which isn't to say yours isn't wonderful just that CIOs experience systems differently from users.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 4015 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: The flagging referendum, in reply to Matthew Poole,

    I’m calling BS

    Have you ever been through a logo change?

    Everything changes. The marketing team changes everything, all the colours on carpets, all the paintwork, business cards, company umberellas, office chairs.

    Everything.

    You don't think all our government departments will go through those changes as a result of the flag change? Frankly I think $60 million is way under the final cost.

    Sure the costs will be partitioned off so it never looks like it cost the taxpayer, but the reality is all those individual budgets will get stacked with logo change costs. The whole point of this thing is to change the branding on NZ Inc. Any businessperson will tell you that comes at a cost. Pretending there is no cost is bizarre.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 4015 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: The unstable Supercity, in reply to Sacha,

    It’s one of the most costly aspects of TPP

    That not a problem with the TPP. You will always be able to choose a local supplier if you believe they are better in any way, cheaper, faster, more responsive etc

    What you won't be able to do is choose a local supplier simply because they are local.

    And that is NOT the problem here. The problem we have is that NZ managers actively avoid local because ... well because they are bad managers.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 4015 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: The unstable Supercity, in reply to Daniel Carr,

    6,000 people

    My experience with management suggests that they always believe that what is offered by some big multinational MUST be better than what can be produced by anyone they could hire.

    So if Deloittes offers SAP then it must be better than what could be produced by kiwis. As proof they can show you how much it costs.

    Your logic has no impact on them, they are culturally immune to it.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 4015 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: The unstable Supercity,

    I'm not in IT, but everything I have ever read and experienced suggests SAP was designed to destroy modern civilisation.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 4015 posts Report Reply

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