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Author's profile photo Babu Jayendran

In A Lighter Vein

During the late 90’s I came across a list of 20 standard answers given by consultants, when they are in a tight spot, during implementation and support.

  • It depends on how you configure it.
  • That’s not a good translation from German.
  • That’s in another module.
  • How did you get there?
  • That’s a good question. I’d like to see how that works myself.
  • That will be in the next release. I haven’t actually seen it yet.
  • You wouldn’t want to do that.
  • Let’s try that and see what happens.
  • That’s a Basis question.
  • I don’t know, the “expert” will be here Monday. Be sure to ask him/her.
  • That’s not the way it’s supposed to work? what did you do?
  • You’ll never need to do that, but if you do, call the hotline.
  • Trust me, I know what I’m talking about.
  • An ABAP report can be written to get that information.
  • I’m sorry I have a plane to catch.
  • It’s a bug.
  • Let me call the programmers in Waldorf.
  • OSS is down.
  • It’s been fixed in the next release, but you don’t want to upgrade at this stage.
  • And the most important answer if you have no idea at all: “That’s outside the scope of what we are doing.”

With the passing of years, new products, processes, functionalities, technologies etc… do you thing this list has become bigger or smaller?

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      Author's profile photo Marilyn Pratt
      Marilyn Pratt
      Hi Babu,
      Nice to see you pop up in this lighter vein seeing how that contrasts to your "serious" approach in retail and BPX topics.
      Have you seen Dagfinn's "SAP Facts - Chuck Norris style" Update .  Maybe yours would be a great fit there bridging the geek gap :-).
      Author's profile photo Former Member
      Former Member

      You bring a smile to my face -:) Specially because I think that I had used some of those answers -;)

      Here my best one...

      "It was working yesterday...I swear!"



      Author's profile photo Babu Jayendran
      Babu Jayendran
      Blog Post Author
      Great addition to the list Alvaro!


      Author's profile photo Former Member
      Former Member
      Hi Babu
      This is a great blog from you.

      One more can be :

      "There is no test data to test the functionality"

      Author's profile photo Richard Hirsch
      Richard Hirsch

      I think many of these very funny lines would be great for cartoons. Take a look at my blog dealing with ToonDoo and cartoons (The specified item was not found.) that tells you how to very easily create cartoons with this Flash-based technology.