Apparently there's business value in turning 'John B Smith' into 'John Smith'
On-Call Welcome again to On-Call, our regular Friday morning foray into readers' stories of being asked to do the right thing, for the wrong reason, at unspeakable times.
This week, meet reader Harold who works as IT manager for an educational institution.
Harold tells us that the institution has a simple scheme to allocate user names for staff: someone called John Brian Smith gets the user name JBS .
Someone called John Smith, but with no middle name, is JSM - the first letter from their first name and the first two from the surname.
This scheme works well, Harold tells us, because it avoids duplicates.