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Australia The Almighty Buck

Australia's Bureau of Meteorology Dumps Water Data Project 112

littlekorea writes "Australia's weather bureau has racked up bills of $38 million for a water data system, based on Red Hat Linux, MySQL and Java, that was originally scheduled to cost somewhere between $2 million and $5 million. The Bureau's supplier, an ASX-listed IT services provider SMS Management and Technology, did a good job of embedding itself in the bureau, with all changes having to be made by the original consultant that built it."
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Australia's Bureau of Meteorology Dumps Water Data Project

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