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$1.35 million dollars PER server license... Are you kidding me, lol. I know software can be expensive but this seems excessive doesn't it?
 
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$1.35 million dollars PER server license... Are you kidding me, lol. I know software can be expensive but this seems excessive doesn't it?

Softwares like this one are on a different level, they come with a whole different set of rules, and that comes with a price. They can't fail, they can't have bugs, the company is usually required to guarantee 100% (or close to) uptime. And if something goes wrong due to faulty coding, they are liable for it. Considering what this software seems to control (troops and supply management), a failure could lead to loss of millions in equipment or even loss of life (speculating here), if they had issues with it, it could very well bankrupt the company responsible for it.

On a smaller scale, I used to work in a small GIS (geographic information systems) company that paid over 40k for individual licenses. And that's not even a military grade software.
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With license fees of $1.35 million per server and $5,000 per device
Since the they are known to have insanely inflated bills compared to the civilian contracts, sounds like this could be a government contract for angry birds....lol jk

I wonder what this software really is. It says it is
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logistics software that was used to protect soldiers and shipments in critical missions
but I cant help but get the feeling that its more like the Gov's own FedEx Service.
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*Companies overcharging government for IT related products/service



*understatement of the year
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Sounds like theft over $50 million, or at least that's what would happen if this was a civilian copyright case.

So who went to jail?
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What is apptricity? Sorry, I'm noob.redface.gif
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Quote:
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What is apptricity? Sorry, I'm noob.redface.gif

Come on now, even if you just read the OP's quote, you'd know it's the software developer in question.
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Having interned for a government contractor (that deals with software) I can't say I am surprised. The programs I worked with was littered with a mess of licenses from a bunch of different companies. Was a major pain in the ass getting everything installed.

Quote:
Originally Posted by Exidous View Post

It's pretty safe to bet that the installation of the software on more than 150 workstations was not malicious. It was a matter of the person distributing the software not properly keeping track of the distribution. It gets to some folks outside their realm and due to lack of knowledge those folks think that the software is able to be used by anyone in the Army.

Again I HIGHLY doubt it was malicious. Rather, it was a lack of proper control on the part of the software distributors in the Army AND the software company for not having some means of checking how many licenses are being issued. If they are even using licenses like other companies do.

It's easy to jump on the OMG hypocrite’s bandwagon. The Army has about 550K active duty. Someone somewhere will make a mistake.

It is up to the individual software licensing account holders to ensure proper legal distribution. Someone screwed up. It's not a conspiracy.


^He gets it.

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Quote:
Originally Posted by lacrossewacker View Post

*Companies overcharging government for IT related products/service



*understatement of the year

wow twice in one year that i agree with you!


I used to work in gov I.T and watched bills TRIPPLE per quote over and over again. Unfortunately the crusty out of touch management at the time were wowed by marketing fluff and nice meals + free stuff wink.gif

just a disgusting waste of public money and there never seems to be legislation from the top to cut out these old middle / upper management barnacles and replace them with a proper buying team.
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There will always be a disconnect between contracting and the people using the SW. Contracting probably know but by the time it got down to some 6 shop it was lost in the "it's gotta work". I don't think I want to know we pay in SW licenses every year.
 
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