Normally, when I bring up highly-paid consultants, it's to remind us that their $200+/hr fees are very well worth it by looking at the code they produce. But today's post actually comes from a highly-paid consultant working at a client's site to help them with some of their ... problems. A few years ago, the company decided to do a complete rewrite of their 15-year old ERP system. The developers understood that flat-file storage and processing was quite passé, so they decided to store things in a relational database. As Phil learned, the developers seemed to not quite understand the point of a relational database ...

Note that the names are Sweedish German.