[R] How do I get my IT department to "bless" R?

Spencer Graves spencer.graves at prodsyse.com
Mon Feb 2 00:04:00 CET 2009

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that were not unmentionable only 6 months ago. 

      Spencer Graves

Carl Witthoft wrote:
> 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
> Carl
> <quote>
> ----------------
> 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..
> http://slack.ser.man.ac.uk/progs/stata/avoid_excel.html
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