Did the Company ask me to do something illegal?
November 13, 2007 7:19 PM Subscribe
Did the Company ask me to do something illegal? Either way, how can I say no?
posted by MichaelKnight to computers & internet (36 answers total)
I work for a large Company. The Company has a new software division which is attempting to create a certain type of software that they can then sell to us, the branches, and possibly outside businesses.
However, this new division writes shitty software and our branch revolted and was allowed (by the higher ups, since the shitty software division was taking so long even get the us) to go with a third party vendor for this much needed piece of software. It's a piece of software that any business in our industry needs. This third party vendor's software, while not perfect, is pretty good and has been around for several years, works well and allows us to many things we were previously incapable of doing.
This piece of software, lets call it DocuPub, from the third party vendor, is a type of software the Company's new division is attempting to create from scratch. They are not doing a good job of doing this, though they keep promising the higher ups that they can create this software and when they do, incredible, wonderful things will happen and they'll change the world. Management has mostly bought it, but there appear to be limits to management's patience as this software constantly misses deadlines for completion and is hated by the other properties that have been forced to use it.
Last week, while on vacation, I checked my work email and found I had gotten an email from a programmer at the Compnay's software division, cc'ed to his boss, asking me to describe how DocuPub works, it's workflow and could I describe the process and better yet, send along screen shots of the process. I am not a programmer, but do understand most of the concepts of how DocuPub works and have helped set it up for our branch.
It's obvious to me that the shitty software division is attempting to learn how to write a competitor to DocuPub by "borrowing" from DocuPub. This bothers me and sounds illegal. Is it? If not, how do I handle this request, as I do not wish to help the shitty software division steal ideas and concepts from a reputable business? What's the correct, corporate way of saying no, while not appearing to say no and appearing to help? Everyone at the corporate office knows I'm the most knowledgeable with DocuPub. I am prepared, if pushed, to flat out say no and point out that the shitty software division writes shitty software and they should be able to think of these things themselves.