Harkins’s Law of Enterprise Software
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Bram’s Law cleverly explains why a lot of common software sucks. I was just chatting in #startups and coined my own law to lay alongside it. I think I finally understand why all the gigantic content management systems and “Enterprise solutions” I’ve seen are so terribly bad.
We were having a conversation about designing a particular feature to scale up nicely…
<goldbond> if you are going to charge for your application, scaling really isn’t a problem right? because you can just throw a ton of hardware at it without eating up all of your revenue
<axod> goldbond: depends how badly you scale
<axod> as long as you charge more than it costs ;)
<Harkins> So clearly, the more you charge, the less competent you need to be.
<Harkins> I’d better go raise my prices.