[R] How do I get my IT department to "bless" R?

S Ellison S.Ellison at lgc.co.uk
Thu Feb 5 12:24:56 CET 2009

I'm in the odd position of having run the modest IT department at my
lab for five years, which (when I took it over) included my small
statistics team, since split out. So I'm a gamekeeper turned poacher.

Stavros wasn't wrong; these are all genuine issues for an IT manager. I
can think of a couple of others, too.

But the difference between a mere tyrant and a good IT manager (who may
be a tyrant as well) is that the latter treats them as issues to be
resolved if necessary, and the former as excuses to justify an
entrenched position. 

A point that is probably worth making; if you're an IT manager and two
or more packages can apparently do a user's job well, you would
certainly see the _user_ as a tyrant if they insisted dogmatically on
one over the other. There are probably R tyrants out there somewhere

Steve E

>>> Rolf Turner <r.turner at auckland.ac.nz> 02/02/2009 20:14 >>>
>I would just like to say that in my very humble opinion Stavros's
>reply was utter nonsense.  It was the sort of excuse-making favoured
>by tyrants since time immemorial.

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