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By eriknben10
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That's obvious but do you think they are actually saving companies millions or not? It is my understanding that the technology has been moving so rapidly that you could train a workforce and they would be moot within a relatively short period of time. In the end, it is all about the cost.
In my business it is sometimes cheaper to raze a building and start anew than it is to cobble together old pieces and bring them up to date.
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By Stinky Pete
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eriknben10 wrote:In my business it is sometimes cheaper to raze a building and start anew than it is to cobble together old pieces and bring them up to date.


What if they're already up to date, and have been functioning just fine all along?
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By eriknben10
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That is the million dollar question. Are they up to date with the latest technology and regulations. In a building you need consider the age of roof,wiring,heating,cooling, and many other things that bring them up to date. Just because you have 4 walls and a roof appearing fine means nothing. All materials and mechanical functions have a shelf life and today that life seems to have been shortened. Many structures are not compliant with today's codes. If the expected life of a structure is 100 years and 50 have passed would it be more cost effective to bring it up to code for the remainder of the 50 years or replace it with new that will last 100 years? Pay now or pay later at a much higher cost. Form and function also play a part. Last but not least are aesthetics. Who wants a new addition that doesn't match the existing?
A lot of questions need be answered before making a decision is why I asked you the question, is IBM actually saving companies millions from switching from Oracle to db2 or not?
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By eriknben10
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But if they keep up for another 5-10 years and save a million, is it worth the investment or would investing in new technology now that will be defunct in 10 yeas be a better path? The cost of retraining a workforce can't be cheap for any company and the rapid rate of change must scare the chit out of them.
In either event learning on the job never ends if you want to keep up.
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