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A long talk, a few cans if you can

Coronavirus day 56

A long conversation today with someone interested in the same kind of service design field I am. We shared tales of woe – in terms of how hard it is for smaller centres to do the type of work they want to, and that their citizens are expecting. Small teams, under resourced and only able to do one or two projects at a time.

Sharing and collaboration will help, but if you’re not beholden to a vendor, you’re stuck on one platform or other, and even if you used open source for everything, you can easily end up with a highly-customised thing that costs a fortune to maintain.

Because in the end, vendors of al stripes want you to be mine, be mine, tonight. How about that for a tortured analogy… Still there are opportunities, so when the conditions are right you need to be ready to go…