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Re:Man-hours is where the cost is.

Posted by: Anonymous Coward on April 08, 2004 06:26 AM

Say for example that you need some simple entry-level SQL database and will do with a $1500 SQL server from microsoft. You only get a person setting it up for a couple of days for this price.

This brings up several points about such costs:

First, I've never spent more than a couple of days setting up PostgreSQL and pgaccess, or some similar set of programs that constitute an "entry level" database. I've done this, BTW, on several different platforms.

Second, there are startup costs with any DBMS, no matter how easy it is to install or use. Calculating these accurately is, at best, a dubious proposition.

Third, as you've alluded, man-hours aren't always the principal cost. If you have to deliver 100 of these systems, programming labor is much less important.

Like the man said, you have to calculate costs based on your situations. Even then, you'll be guessing a lot.


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