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The Italian government just released the new site to present Italy to the World:

It was developed by IBM, at the cost of 45.000.000 euro (90.000.000 NZ$) of public money, and they took 3 years to build it. As someone said, the most expensive website ever built in the world.

Being a public utility website it's amazing to see that it is not accessible (as WAI) but you need to download a few software and browse to specific sections of the site. Also, if you have a look at the code, you don't see DIVs, but just a lot of giant TABLEs. It's all Flash based...

It took 5 minutes to download the homepage from NZ. Ok, probably it due to the peak of the launch of the site, but did IBM do some traffic estimations?

And as cherry on the cake, the logo, the one you see at the top of my post, cost 100.000€. Probably a drunk developer could have done a better work than the design and brand team that designed that logo.

posted on Friday, February 23, 2007 11:04 PM

Comments on this entry:

# re:

Left by LorenzoC at 2/23/2007 11:15 PM

Yeah, ridiculous.

But there are great designers, programmers and sysadmins in Italy.

Unfortunately you know most times it is not what you can do that counts but people you know.
So it is not the best professionals and talents that work in the bigger projects.
Expecially if politics is involved.

The result is we have million talented italians living and working abroad.


# re:

Left by roberto at 2/24/2007 2:51 AM

45.000.000 euro is a "big" amount.
think about this:
1.000.000 euro per italian (about 60.000.000 people), and you'll see

# re:

Left by roberto at 2/24/2007 2:54 AM

oops :|

someone thought
"less tha 1 euro per italian, not to much"


# re:

Left by Eber Irigoyen at 2/24/2007 7:30 AM

wow... they could've contacted me, I would've done a much better job in 4-6 months with 2% of that amount

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