CIO pop quiz

ACN puts regional IT pros to the test with its first annual surprise test.

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By  Administrator Published  February 17, 2008

Industry personalities: between them, where have Graham Porter, Joe Devassy and Ray Kafity NOT worked in the past four years:

a) Secure Computing (18.2%)
b) Cisco (0%)
c) Microsoft (16.2%)
d) Oracle (14.1%)

e) Burger King (51.5%)

We were looking for Oracle, although most took the safe option and went for Burger King. We're fairly sure these three stalwarts haven't worked in either - at least recently.

Spell out the acronym: TWAIN

a) Technology Without An Interesting Name (32.3%)
b) Technology Without An Intelligent Name (0%)
c) Transfer Within An Integrated Network (50.5%)
d) Tools With Applications Internally Networked (17.2%)
e) Time We Added Indigo Noses (0%)

What does WEEE mean to you?

a) European electrical energy consumption initiative (12.1%)
b) European electrical waste disposal initiative (68.7%)
c) Nintendo games console (0%)
d) Juniper education initiative (0%)
e) Nothing printable in this magazine (19.2%)

A surprisingly strong positive response for what should in theory be a relatively obscure European directive. Proof that green issues are making an impression? Perhaps.

Which of the following are all true about SAP's exclusive agreement with the erstwhile SAP Arabia?

a) signed for 20 years; started 1992; excludes renewing service charges (16.2%)
b) signed for 40 years; started 1993; covers MENA region (17.2%)
c) signed for 20 years; started 1994; taken to court twice (33.3%)
d) signed for 30 years; taken to court twice; excludes upgrades (0%)
e) signed for 1000 years; carved in granite; broken only by solar eclipse (0%)
x) No answer (33.3%)

The regional trials and tribulations of the world's biggest enterprise software vendor seem to have passed many by, although most who answered did get it right.

And finally, what would this sound mean coming from your motherboard: BEEEEEEEEP BEEEP BEEEP BEEEP BEEEP BEEEP BEEEP BEEEP BEEEP?

a) Video card is loose (21.2%)
b) CPU is dead (0%)
c) RAM is faulty (67.7%)
d) BIOS is corrupt (11.1%)
e) What's a motherboard? (0%)

Our original answer was a), but after consultation we took RAM as an acceptable alternative. PC maintenance seems to be in safe hands.

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