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

Christian Langkamp christian.langkamp at basf.com
Thu Feb 5 18:36:26 CET 2009

I know on the website there are some pretty reputable sponsors of the
software who at some stage donated some (presumably significant) amount of
money out of thankfulness because some project worked and the software
helped in some way.

In order to push however the use of that software, might it not be just
simply possible to start producing a List of corporate projects where the
software was used with someone in the hierarchy saying: 
1. It helped the project (we managed to reduce the complexity, it was more
stable, flexible, ...)
2. We saved costs
3. The project actually was worth doing and wasn't just pasttime of an
employee who just hasn't realized that he is in a company now, and not
messing around at Uni

Maybe also include cases where it didn't work
1. Key personel left the project, nobody to pick up the left stuff
2. Found out that it was the wrong tool (missing features, too complex, ...)

And the moment one has a list including a couple of cases, ideally also a
case similar to the stuff one wants to do, one can move onwards in ones own
company: 'Our competitor / customer / great admired idol is doing it, why
don't we ?'

Chances are that such a list already has been started somewhere, it just
hasn't been linked properly.
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