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Re:Missed the obvious lesson

Posted by: Anonymous Coward on August 30, 2006 03:40 AM
Sometimes, you must not keep the software up to date. Many times, the new versions, in an effort to advance features and fix old bugs, break the features you must absolutely have. Or your "must have" features are deliberately dropped. Or you discover the tech support and mailing lists are worthless or worse.

This happens frequently in the nonprofit sector. Donor tracking, volunteer management, and fund raising applications are bought out, the new owners completely rewrite the software, and you discover it has become something entirely unsuitable, something that never would have been bought.

I have become a believer of using software that can be kept forever. Forced upgrades can be death to organizations.

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