[LINK] Show me the money

grove at zeta.org.au grove at zeta.org.au
Wed Oct 29 09:22:34 EST 2008

On Wed, 29 Oct 2008, Marghanita da Cruz wrote:

> I wonder what the savings to the Australian Tax payer if all governments
> switched to Apache. Though this wouldn't necessarily be savings, it would be
> money available to do more things. I would call that an efficiency dividend!

We at <some_uni> are looking for cost cuts in some IT areas. 
Mentioning Apache (or perl or postgres or mysql) is anathema to the 
management.   If it ain't shrink wrapped and comes with a EULA, 
it's obviously not a product.   Even our Directory Services project 
is under tender with the CAUDIT offering of Sun One IDM etc which is
   mostly free having to compete with products that cost $$$$$$ because 
of some stupid feature or another.   And our policy is not to write code in house,
so every time I mention that whatever product they get is going to require 
some sort of glue code, I get the daggers.

When I was at the VC's forum, I mentioned wastage (not being specific) 
and she appeared to be interested, but management driving the processes 
just wastes anyway.


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