Steve Lewis wrote: > Ken's dilemma is far from unique, however. The question is, why is it > so hard? You've already said the magic word: > political :-) The manager of the internal programming group doesn't get a bonus for making Ken happy; he gets it for making the CIO and CFO happy. And it may well be that there's a master plan in the works to make the employee DB available through LDAP, or $DEITY knows what -- so why *would* the programming manager agree to do this one-off, dead-end micro-project? But that's why big companies foster "skunk works" development -- the "official" channel becomes unacceptably non-responsive to the (perceived) needs of the individual business units. Ah, the joy of big company politics :-) -- Hassan Schroeder ----------------------------- hassan at webtuitive.com Webtuitive Design === (+1) 408-938-0567 === http://webtuitive.com dream. code.