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1/31/2004
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Letters To The Editor

Collaborative Imperative
As a design/build firm with professionals in design and construction in-house, we have no choice but to be collaborative (Blueprint For Change, Jan. 26).

The old days of avoiding responsibility but gathering the glory are over for both the designer and the builder. Clients just want their problems solved. They're not interested in how or who was responsible. Time is the new currency. With the national and world economy gaining some momentum, the pressure to deliver is going to be nothing short of extreme.

We, too, have launched a pilot program to implement the Revit software. For years, traditional CAD programs have allowed us to just draw lines on paper; they never let us embed content. The market cannot afford "dumb" systems that merely mimic pencil and pen. Parametric modeling and design is where the design and construction world will be soon because it's what's expected by our clients.
Randy Simmons
Chairman, R.R. Simmons Construction, Tampa, Fla.



Communication Is Key
Herbert W. Lovelace's advice to prospective CIOs should add a fourth trait: communication (Live Your Dream: This Year, Become CIO, Jan. 26).

I've always believed that being a leader is easier if you communicate down, out, and up so everyone knows the company's position and needs, the department's position and needs, and the leader's position and needs. It has always made my life easier.
Tony Martin
Point Pleasant, Pa.



Time To Move On
OK. We've cried about it, explained it, justified it, demonized it, and it's time to get to the last stage of grief. With the collective intelligence I've seen in the pages of this magazine, how about a good old-fashioned brainstorming session to get on with a solution to the problems of offshore outsourcing?

I call on InformationWeek to set this up and get it going. How about a bit of proactivity from this fine source of computer information?
James A. Olson
Senior Analyst, Applied Resources, Arlington, Va.



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