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  • Jim Willis had similar headaches when he was doing a contract for the State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations [].

    When he arrived, state officials were relying on a bizarre conglomeration of FileMaker and Access database scattered all over the place. (With that kind of IT architecture, it's amazing that anything ever got done.) So, among his first projects when he started working for the RI's Secretary of State was to consolidate (and harmonize) all of these databases using MySQL [] and the rest of the LAMP stack.

    Realistically, the benefit was in consolidating everything on a single SQL-based database server. That they didn't have to pay licensing or lock themselves into a single platform didn't suck.

    The result? The Secretary's office can focus on doing real work []. Quickly. And effectively. Without paying through the nose.