Millions of dollars on an over-specified platform

Andrew Clover:

But customers—other large organisations—love this. They would, apparently, much rather spend millions of dollars on an over-specified ‘platform’ and a team of horrifically expensive consultants to attempt to build an application out of it (eventually succeeding months behind schedule and with half the feature set missing) than simply to get a few in-house programmer nerds to hack up a bespoke system in half the time and one hundredth of the cost. I certainly could have done such myself, and I’m hardly the world’s brightest programmer. (No, really.)

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