[R] How do I get my IT department to "bless" R?
carl at witthoft.com
Sun Feb 1 23:46:03 CET 2009
It's just not that easy. A friend of mine at a large company whose name
rhymes with "Maytheon" spent over 3 months trying to get approval
from IT for a commercial database tool. IT departments tend to be
empire-building fools, and extraordinarily paranoid to boot.
At my parent company, whose name looks something like "Gorthrup
Numman," they have an entire IT Division whose goal in life seems to be
to make computer life hell for everyone else. When they say
"Office2007" that's what every NGC employee gets no matter what.
Anyone who has the temerity to run updates (even OS or Office) downloads
on their own risks the threat of termination. I'm not kidding.
So, this is rather OT for an R discussion group, but I wanted to add
credence to the others who've been posting horror stories about the
rules inside corporations.
I have to say I can't figure out how the IT dept's havent' noticed that
lots of these same employees WRITE software, and could easily do far
more damage (intentional or not) to the network than a few updates or
open-source packages ever could
Neil Shephard <nshephard_at_gmail.com>
What alternative do they expect you to use?
If they expect you to use Excel for statistics then its worth letting
them know that this would be a very bad idea as there are many
short-comings, some of which I've referenced at..
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