From: Jim Collas
Newsgroups: comp.sys.amiga.misc Subject: Re: Let's have a little more FAITH! Date: Sun, 01 Aug 1999 16:57:43 GMT email@example.com (JFW) wrote: [snip] > This is magnified by the fact that the "new" AI under you isn't > behaving all that much different than any of it's previous > incarnations in years past. If you want to address an Amiga problem, > you may want to consider addressing the content of information being > given by Amiga to it's community. Right now, there is little in tone > or content being said which differs from all the previous > announcements, and given how all those have turned out, you're not > really bolstering the hopes of anyone but the zealots. I normally don't get into multiple responses on a thread but JFW's response brings up a few topics that come up often. The topics of how much to communicate and what's different with the current Amiga. On communication, Some people have an unrealistic view of what should be communicated publicly. I understand peoples thirst for information but we have already communicated much more information on our plans than any other company would provide in this situation. I know because I have watched the computer industry for 15 years and been an executive fo 7 of those. I watched competitors public releases very closely for information. Companies don't communicate this much detail prior to launch for many good reasons. You need to protect against competitors, honor non-disclosure agreements (NDAs), maintain negotiating leverage, maximize launch (yes, marketing) impact, allow flexibility for unplanned issues, and keep resources focused on development. Did anyone see a picture of the iMac 5 months before launch? Or maybe just concept drawings? Did you see a block diagram? top-level specs? or even the name "iMac"? There was NOTHING. Come on people, let's get real! I need to run the company professionally. Executives at Gateway are wondering what I am doing disclosing as much information as I have. I have to take time to explain to them the Amiga community and how it is deserves early info. I think I have done a good job balancing company requirements with the communities desire for knowledge. I will continue to strike a reasonable balance. It wasn't a lack of communication that lead to failure of past Amiga owners it was lack of good plans and execution. I think we have better communication and are executing at a much higher level. Let me address the question of what makes the current Amiga plan different from attempts of the past. Nothing looks different? What about hiring 4 top notch industry experienced vice-presidents and 5 directors in four months. This may not seem like much to the untrained eye but there is only one way to tell how serious a company is. You need only look at the quality of executives hired. I have hired more senior executives for Amiga in four months than I hired for Gateway in the previous 3 years. Gateway executives are once again wondering what I am doing. The common talk within Gateway is "Collas has built an awesome executive team", "What the hell is he up to that he needs such an executive team". So does it really look the same? Does it look like I am setting up to execute a mediocre plan? Or does it look like I am building a world class team that will launch Amiga into greatness again once and for all? It seems obvious to me and I hope you can see it. > P.S. Trust is earned, not demanded. Stop demanding our trust, > please. Instead take actions to earn it. I have never demanded your trust, just a fair chance to earn it. I need about 5 more months. Give or take a month. Sent via Deja.com http://www.deja.com/ Share what you know. Learn what you don't.