At a former company (not Quest), a memo came out from the head honcho. It went a little something like this:
Training is really important to us. We have to make sure absolutely everybody in every department of the company is fully trained. It should be completely ingrained in what every department does.
In order to achieve that goal, we’re going to embed the Training Department team members in each department of the company. Jane will be moved into the BI group, Joe will be moved into the Web group, etc….
We all got a big chuckle out of it, because we understood what was really happening. The Training Department was being vaporized without anybody having to actually say, “We don’t really need a Training Department.” Everybody needed help in their departments, and the former trainers would be gradually tasked with more and more non-training jobs, picking up workload. It was a way to cut costs without directly cutting costs.
Today, Microsoft made an announcement about PerformancePoint. I know you don’t really want to click that link, so I’ll paraphrase it for you here:
PerformancePoint is really important to us. We want to help every one of our customers monitors their performance.
In order to achieve that goal, we’re going to embed PerformancePoint into SharePoint.
Gotcha. Say no more.