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By Bill Blunden

Truth is frequently stranger than fiction, specially in terms of the place of work. In Cube Farm, author Bill Blunden recounts his 3 years in Minnesota appearing study and improvement for Lawson software program. Riddled with intrigue, duplicity and collusion, this tale bargains a trench-level view of an organization within the throes of inner competition, and being affected by a string of failed initiatives.

If you've ever suffered by the hands of an incompetent supervisor, or toiled in a dysfunctional atmosphere, then this hilarious account will entice you. Cube Farm provides "lessons discovered" sections on the finish of every bankruptcy, which delve into the fundamentals of company self defense.

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Personal computers were originally referred to as microcomputers to distinguish them from minicomputers and computers. " Why am I shoving all this history down your throat? Why is any of this relevant? Before the advent of pes, all computer programs were single-tier applications. A single-tier application executes all in one place. The program was loaded into the computer's memory (or the minicomputer's memory) and there it stayed. Physically, everything was restricted to one machine. When pes hit the scene, work could be offloaded from the main computer to the pe.

It's a matter of necessity, more than anything else. Any stock analyst looking at Lawson would become suspicious if the leadership consisted of executives whose last names were either Sherman or Lawson. It would suggest that a person's position in the company was based on their name instead of on their ability. Allegations of nepotism could hurt the stock price. The founders couldn't have this. The IPO was their ticket to retirement, a way for them to recoup on the decades of work that they had put in.

This allowed applications to be broken up so that some of the work was done on the pe, and the rest of the work was performed on the big iron. This division of labor was known as the client-server model of application design (aka the two-tierdesign). Both the client and server had well-defined roles in this model. The client made requests for data processing, which the server performed on behalf of the client. The client asked for work to be done, and the server did the work and returned the results to the dient.

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