Everything changes when someone plans to change the money...

by Michael S. Kaplan, published on 2013/11/08, original URI: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/michkap/archive/2013/11/08/10464919.aspx

I feel like we've been here before.

Many different times.

There was the New Turkish Lira.

And then the new symbol, a few years later.

Of course everyone knows about the Euro. We update countries that use it all the time!

Will we ever forget the new Rupee symbol?u

The changes affect locale data, keyboards, and fonts across many versions (this is the one time we will update locale data after we ship).

What is behind all of these changes?

National pride? Honor within a country?

Clearly, it is impossible to ignore whenever it occurs.

And do you know what?1

It's happening again!

You can read all about it right here, on the Wall Street Journal Blog, where the process they are going through in Russia to choose among the five finalists of the one thousand choices they had.

You can go to the Central Bank's site here if you know Russian, or just want to look at the five pictures.

Or if you want Bing's translation, you can look right here.

One funny thing about these changes is how they throw companies into a panic with meetings and aliases and emails and download packages and so on.

Some companies never learn the lesson that the process is going to happen again so they should document the steps, so it will be easier next time.

But some companies are finally learning.

Where does your company sit in this situation?

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