How to be efficient and cost effective (or not)

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Computerworld - https://www.computerworld.com/article/3289264/application-development/how-to-be-efficient-and-cost-effective-or-not.html#tk.rss_all

It’s the mid-1990s, and this big corporation is working on a major development project to replace most of its critical systems, says a Unix admin pilot fish working there.

“A major contracting firm was hired to design the development environment and help with development,” fish says. “The contractor recommended against purchasing a large Unix machine for development, and suggested purchasing numerous Unix workstations instead.

“By their account, each workstation could support four developers working simultaneously, and machines could be purchased as needed as more developers were brought on board. This would be the most efficient and cost-effective solution, according to them.”

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