Consolidated Business & Enterprise Computing Rant Thread

Discussion in 'Business & Enterprise Computing' started by elvis, Jul 1, 2008.

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  1. Dre_

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    Or just margin.
     
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    elvis Old school old fool

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    Please use the quote button when quoting others. These posts get confusing without quote blocks.
     
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    looktall Working Class Doughnut

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    ah. found it.
     
  5. wintermute000

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    I agree . The solution is the same as for solving white collar crime: actual meaningful penalties and jail time if you offend, and a robust, massively beefed up ASIC equivalent that's not retarded and not afraid to go up against the big boys.
     
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    Not quite... If you hit the quote button on the post you want to quote it will quote block and link it.
     
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    If I genuinely only got $20k then the business case does not exist. If that happens I would pack up and go back to my old employer.

    I honestly doubt it at this stage, we will be profitable, its just a matter of how profitable. So far we have all of the largest workshops on board apart from Nizpro and that is only because we haven't spoken to them yet. There is a niche market that is ripe for the taking here in Australia.
     
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    <Shark Tank>
    What stops someone from just stealing all your tech and ideas and doing it themselves?
    </Shark Tank>
     
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    You have a patent?
     
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    I haven't watched that show but it seems equal parts amusing (schadenfreude style) and frustrating as all fuck (because of smug panelists).


    to stay remotely on topic - part of the selling point of cloud is that it's supposed to be more agile, in that it should be entirely possible to setup an environment in less time than traditional methods (order equipment, deliver, pay consultants/whatever to come audit, setup...) Got quoted 7 months for a small cloud environment. Ya, no thanks guys. Won't name who, of course.
     
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    For some reason our the corporate side of us (education) is upgrading to exchange 2016. Staff and students are on Office 365. Can't really think of why they wouldn't migrate as well?
     
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    far too many things to take into account to make a comment here.

    Are you both part of the same forest/domain?
     
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    Cost of infrastructure to house onsite accounts for all students would be the primary reason i think.

    Also there is probably separation from both silos, rightfully so as well.
     
  14. NSanity

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    EDU Students is typically given O365 for Free. Faculty is a seriously reduced cost.

    You can achieve segregation in a variety of ways - https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/az...onnect/active-directory-aadconnect-topologies
     
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    Student 365 acc's for free? Interesting.

    My daughter is in a Catholic School and she has google apps account, wonder if it is free or we subsidise it via school fees.
     
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    Depends on the deal with Microsoft.

    School i work for has a single invoice for Microsoft, that contains a number of things (o365, Servers, Desktops etc). So not free - but bundled into our licencing.

    GAPPS is free for education (and unlimited GDrive storage :D )

    For the example - we have GAPPS account for staff and students, but staff have mail with o365. Had to do with distribution groups a while ago i think (inherited this).
     
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    Time. The idea is worthless, it is our execution which is what makes people want it and gives it value. Someone could "steal" the idea and do it themselves. If someone is capable of writing software themselves and has the information we do then the question is why haven't they already done it yet? It was a solid ~2 years of work to get where I am now. I know people in the industry and there is only a handful with either the information or the skills and neither seem to have both at a level we do. There are plenty of good tuners in Australia, there are also plenty of good tech founders, there are however not many tech founders who are also extremely interesting in tuning cars and also have contacts in the OEM market to get internal manufacturer data. You need all 3 to do this successfully.

    If they approached an investor it would cost at least 2-300k if they outsourced it to a development company. Then they suffer from the same issues our competitors do which is tech debt. Most of them pay an outsourced software company a lot of money to build them a solution. The problem with this software is it is never "done". You need people constantly adding features and tweaking it which means in house tech. Our competitors hardly ever update their software. Customers call them up and wait 6+ months for features to be added, most of the time they just say no leaving the customer with no solution no matter how much cash they have in their pocket as there are multiple items that no one can do except us currently.

    The biggest selling features are we are Australian based so they can call us direct and say I need feature X. Currently they go through 3 distributors to a US company who doesn't care about Australia, most the time they won't add features or provide any support at all let alone talk to them directly. They also charge them an absolute shitload for this poor service as there is hardly any competition.

    We also support Australian cars primarily, the other companies are US cars, Australian cars second which means they are always lacking features clients want, they also do not have anyone on the ground to test features out and have to fly a team over from the US. This is super expensive so it almost never happens.

    We store all our IP behind a web API, so for someone to crack our software they would have to hack our server, even then they would only get access to the IP they have already purchased. Our competitors store it all in their local software on your PC and is easily cracked.

    • So copying the idea is unlikely as there just doesn't seem to be anyone available with the information we have AND the skillset we have that isn't already working on another project.
    • Cracking and ripping off the idea is more difficult than our competitors which have not been publically cracked to date (though there are people privately sending around cracked copies).
    • Copying the idea, getting VC and outsourcing development will result in a more expensive and inferior product as has been seen by everyone who has tried this to date.
     
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    Yep, every kid in QLD at a state school (even preps) get access to Office 365 Suite and email.

    Staff get the suite as well (for free), reduced cost Window 10 and basically free Adobe CC.

    Corp has their own domain but I think we are all on the same forest.
     
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    Curiously, considering there are no 'Australian cars' anymore (once Holden closes down), how does this matter?

    I know the locally delivered ones have mildly different suspension tunes, but I wouldn't say the engine maps are that much different anymore?
     
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    Depends, could just as easily be fuel differences. Standard fuel in the EU is 95RON. 91RON here in AU, which is why when carmakers get lazy, like holden, and import an EU vehicle such as the new Astra, it ends up requiring premium fuel only.
     

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