Italy spent 45.000.000 Euros for a site

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Finally, the official italian tourism portal is open.

Roberto Falavotti, the managing director of “Sì Innovazione Italia” said that Italy “invested” 45 millions of Euros to see it completed:

  • 21 millions to make italian deparments insert contents;
  • 4 millions to aggregate the centralized informations;
  • 8 millions to IBM;
  • … and the rests to “finalize it”.

For a person like me (I work as web developer), this is a real insult to my intelligence: how a nation can spend 45.000.000 euros (of our money) for a single site? In addition, now it’s really slow (and it doesn’t respect accessibility rules!)… how many servers you can buy with 1 million of Euros?

… and this site (ITALIA.IT) is on U.S. servers.

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