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2007-12-03 22:22:22.648344+00 by Dan Lyke 2 comments

Rafe sums it up:

Some analyst group should do a study estimating the amount of money spent each year coding around bad technology choices imposed by business partnerships and outsourcing. The inefficiencies probably account for 1/3 of the IT jobs world wide.

I think he's optimistic, but damn he nails it.

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#Comment Re: made: 2007-12-04 00:55:05.843963+00 by: meuon [edit history]

I spent TWO hours in a paid for meeting this afternoon, listening to a client complaining about the same issues he did almost 2 years ago.. about an AS400 system that they 'own' but are essentially both locked out of and married to by the developers. A system that can barely FTP export their data. I told him I could replace the whole thing, get them out of a $2k per month support contract and a pending $2ok "upgrade" if he let me webify the whole thing for $10k. $15 if it feature creeps to where I expect it to. - They balked. I walked.

I think his estimate may be low.

#Comment Re: made: 2007-12-04 18:01:04.791082+00 by: Dan Lyke

Elf has a little anecdote of such stupidities, from the era of Compu$erve's acquisition of Spry.