Tuesday/ the dragon has a long tail

This post is late!  That is because our project here in China is approaching a major milestone : the completion of the development work.   So we are fighting many dragons. Along with the development effort, there are test scripts, training materials, data clean-up and data conversions, security settings and system backups to keep synched up.      We have the big items in place, but the list of smaller ones is a long one, a long tail*.

*[From Wikipedia]The term ‘long tail’ has gained popularity in recent times as describing the retailing strategy of selling a large number of unique items with relatively small quantities sold of each – usually in addition to selling fewer popular items in large quantities. The Long Tail was popularized by Chris Anderson in an October 2004 Wired magazine article, in which he mentioned Amazon.com and Netflix as examples of businesses applying this strategy.  Anderson elaborated the concept in his book The Long Tail: Why the Future of Business Is Selling Less of More.


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