Steve Jones - SSC Editor wrote:
When I worked at a utility in 1991, we bought a server for US$250,000. I couldn't believe it. Wasn't sure it was worth it, but it certainly made a lot of our work easier.
When I started out in the mid 70's I got a contract to build something relatively large for a big Times/Forbes top 50 company. It ran to about £10,000. This was a very narrow / specialist vertical market product
Other big Times/Forbes top 50 companies (because only very large companies had a need for this very narrow / specialist product) were interested, but one in particular poached the architect of the original system from our first client. "We are IN" 🙂 ... or so I thought.
We quoted £20,000 ... 🙂
... turned out that they had hired consultants who had advised them to buy a Wang Mini Computer, which they had already bought by this time and that had cost then £200,000 ... of course our software didn't run on that, it needed about £5,000 of "Micro computer" ... so the Consultants then advised them on the program they needed (I hate to be uncharitable but "Mate's of theirs"), and that cost £200,000 to build ... and it never worked well.
A decade later they head hunted a new Department Head, happened to get one from a company which, by then, was one of many using our software and ... very first thing he did was to throw out the expensive, not-function, Elephant and put our system in 🙂
The only time in my life where a quote has been a "nought short", and I still regret it to this day!