Roger Dickens would be turning in his grave if he could see the mess into which healthcare software provider iSoft has got.
The former top accountant more or less picked up iSoft as part of his leaving package after he failed in his bid to become UK boss of KPMG when the London end decided they didn't want some Black Country 'hillbilly' telling them what to do.
An astute bit of business. With Roger as chairman leading a talented executive team, iSoft, then unknown, quickly thrived.
Its share price soared. A real success story.
And then came the fall.
Its crash has been almost as spectacular as its rise.
Last week it had to issue its third profit warning this year and the shares tumbled again.
They are now just a fraction of what they were at their height. It seems iSoft, whose largest office is based on Aston Science Park in Birmingham, has bitten off more than it can chew.
It has been plagued by concerns over delays in an NHS project to upgrade IT systems - multi-million pound plans to put 50 million patient records on to computers.
It was recently revealed that the whole scheme may be delayed by some two years.
Profits have plunged and there are concerns for iSoft's finances.
You fear for its future when even company broker Morgan Stanley declares: "We don't feel that we have enough visibility to offer a recommendation."
It is clearly in big trouble.
By the time the first indications of problems emerged Roger had already stood down from the company, and was fighting his own health demons, a battle he lost earlier this year.
But you can't help wonder-ing that had he still been there as a sure hand on the tiller then iSoft would never have been allowed to get into the mess it has. Let's hope for the sake of all those with jobs at the company that it can yet turn itself around.
It needs a touch of that old magic Dickens mix of bravado, brains and backbone.
* * And talking of someone else who is also no longer with us, I was deeply saddened by the passing of Bob Michaelson, former chairman of the Institute of Directors in the West Midlands.
It came as a shock - I hadn't been aware that he had been in the car accident which ultimately led to his death.
I liked Bob. He was essentially a good guy.
He had a solid career as a businessman having overcome the odd early setback.
He always seemed to take an optimistic view of business life and his wise advice was appreciated by many.
The IoD had been misfiring in the West Midlands before Bob came along and in a manner which was typically understated his initiatives got it moving onwards and upwards.
Its new hub premises developed jointly as a centre for small businesses has been a big success. Its influence has been restored and, once definitely in the second tier of business lobby groups in the region, is back at the forefront.
Now others have the chance to build on that foundation. I sincerely hope they do so.
We'll miss you, Bob.