Harkins's Law of Enterprise Software

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.