Originally Posted by Piobaire
It's new to them.
So let's look at the scenario with your additions:
Young guy, on the job one week, pushing "newer stuff."
Old people, happy with old technology, established employees.
Do you not see where my advice still fits perfectly? Best way to get people to change is to convince them change is good. Best way to convince people IRL is to let them get to know you before you start telling them how they're doing it the old fashioned way. I know this will grate on you but this task is easily accomplished through relationship building and will be almost impossible to accomplish without it.
It's not that cookie-cutter, and I think you're seeing it from the viewpoint of a non-technical field and with a lack of information. This isn't a new email client. This is like vacuum tubes vs. transistors. They already know the benefits. I'm not the guy who's forcing them to change, I'm just the guy who's implementing the changes. I couldn't give a shit one way or another if they use the changes or not. If after I'm gone they decide to pull all the vacuum tubes out of storage and throw away the transistors I couldn't care less.
Who I am factors in very little, but regarding that: it may be surprising to a lot of people here, but the Internet and this forum aren't very indicative of people in real life. I'm easy to get along with, especially professionally. That's why I tend to get these types of projects -- I regularly need to meet new people in new companies and work with them -- and I'm successful at what I do. This is the first situation where it seems like everyone wants to just pretend nothing's going on. I think a lot of it is just a combination of workplace complacency and mild autism. Seems like the COO has been trying to get this stuff done internally for a while and eventually just got a hired gun so he wouldn't have to deal with it anymore.