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Old 24 September 2009, 15:08   #11
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In a market where £100's m of pounds are (were) spent on drive development, such as the Volvo IPS, Yellowfin's investment as described by IBI 'ploughed £13m into the development of the drive system' is just not enough. I have been on their test boat and it was very impressive, sad to see it stall.
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Not always the case - a small dedicated team CAN do things a hell of a lot cheaper than a big company with a huge R+D dept.

Throwing money at things doesn't always work - seen it on way too many IT projects. One we worked on was a classic example - 3 of us were doing better and more work than a PLC with 250 people on the project!!!
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I understand your point, but I think Yellowfins offering to the industry required large investment. In your exampe it would be like 3 excellent engineers developing a an operating system as opposed to an application.
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I understand your point, but I think Yellowfins offering to the industry required large investment. In your exampe it would be like 3 excellent engineers developing a an operating system as opposed to an application.

Whilst I agree that development can sometimes be rather deep money-pits Yellowfin certainly seemed well past the proof of concept stage and, according to the press blurb on their demise, alluded to having a third party ready to manufacture it. Unless there are some dark horror stories with the manufacturing process or the longevity of the drive then I think it will make a rather nice buy for some of the industry players. I know if I had the money I would certainly be interested in it. Objectively I thought it provides a rather elegant engineering solution to the problems with outdrives. Subjectively I thought it looked pretty darn cool
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