Hi all, On mobile, excuse formatting. I work in a pretty highly regulated industry, where closed source software (e.g SAS as the prime example) is the norm. Our company is evaluating moving to Python or R, and some of the senior leaders are very hesitant for a few reasons. I’d be interested in your thoughts on them below. I have my own opinions about all, but don’t want to muddy the water; interested in what others think.
- No paid support. With SAS, if you have a problem or can’t figure out how a module works, you can open a ticket and SAS tech support will help you sort it out. Doesn’t work for a small package produced by a stranger on Github.
- version management- how to ensure you get the same results when running on two different machines which could possibly be running different versions of the same package (or even base Python code).
- License compliance/package management - how to ensure users only download approved packages, and ensure the licenses fit our guidelines. Don’t want users downloading a bunch of different packages and have everyone solve the same problem in different ways.