Date: Mon, 27 Sep 2004 15:15:41 -0600
Reply-To: Jack Hamilton <JackHamilton@FIRSTHEALTH.COM>
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From: Jack Hamilton <JackHamilton@FIRSTHEALTH.COM>
Subject: Re: How mean should your IT department be?
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Never meanings 7-10? Lucky you!
Manager, Technical Development
Metrics Department, First Health
West Sacramento, California USA
>>> "Dianne Rhodes" <RHODESD1@WESTAT.COM> 09/27/2004 2:01 PM >>>
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> Subject: How mean should your IT department be?
> "SAS IT Management
> Solutions operating on the SAS(r)9 Intelligence Platform give
> businesses the power to know how to make their IT departments
> lean and mean ..."
> (full press release available at
> Well, I guess I can understand the "lean" (wonder if we also
> need to be Atkins-friendly these days), but I'm not as sure
> about the "mean". Do you suppose there will be a separate
> product for those who prefer "kinder and gentler" IT departments?
Mike, maybe it depends on what you "mean" by "mean" ;-)
I've taken to looking up words on dictionary dot com because so much
usage has just gotten sloppy. See the definitions copied below. So I
easily say that I have worked with IT depts that were mean by
through 6 below. But perhaps SAS means it in the sense of number 11,
As Excellent or skillful. That would be great, don't you think?
Dianne Louise Rhodes
Sr. Systems Analyst
mean2 ( P ) Pronunciation Key (mn)
adj. mean*er, mean*est
a Selfish in a petty way; unkind.
B Cruel, spiteful, or malicious.
2 Ignoble; base: a mean motive.
3 Miserly; stingy.
a Low in quality or grade; inferior.
B Low in value or amount; paltry: paid no mean amount for the new
5 Common or poor in appearance; shabby: "The rowhouses had been
the rain and looked meaner and grimmer than ever" (Anne Tyler).
6 Low in social status; of humble origins.
7 Humiliated or ashamed.
8 In poor physical condition; sick or debilitated.
9 Extremely unpleasant or disagreeable: The meanest storm in years.
10 Informal. Ill-tempered.
a Hard to cope with; difficult or troublesome: He throws a mean
B Excellent; skillful: She plays a mean game of bridge.
> Mike "Lean and Mean" Rhoads