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

Erik Iverson iverson at biostat.wisc.edu
Fri Jan 30 02:13:53 CET 2009


This is a very broad question, and the answer is going to depend on your 
particular situation, which we are not privy to.

I'll say two things.  First, you should try to figure out why they would not 
want you to run R, so you can address those reasons specifically.  Second, you 
might take a particular problem that you deal with, and specifically write out 
how R can make it easier, cheaper, more efficient to solve than the current 
solution.

Are there really still all-MS shops around?

Daniel Viar wrote:
> I currently use R at work "under the radar", but there's a chance I
> could loose that access.  I'd like to get our company to feel
> comfortable with open source and R in particular.  Does anyone have
> any experience with their company's IT department and management that
> they would be willing to share?  How does one get an all Microsoft
> shop on board with allowing users to user R?  I know about the recent
> NY Times article and recent news.  I'm afraid I may need some case
> studies or examples of what other companies have done.
> 
> Any help would be greatly appreciated.
> 
> Thanks
> Dan Viar
> Chesapeake, VA
> 
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