Guess how much money the city of San Francisco spends, each year, to maintain its current Web content system. Just maintenance — whatever costs are associated with data entry are extra. Remember, this is San Francisco, so think of a ridiculously high number. Then double it.
Here's the answer: $600,000 — even more than the city spends erecting quaint restrooms in the Panhandle. If you think this is a ridiculous total, you're not alone. The city's Department of Technology came up with a solution that would move all of the city's various Web sites to private servers operated by the company Visions. There would be a one-time cost of $529,000 — but, immediately, the yearly maintenance costs would be reduced to zero. The only money the city would still be on the hook for are the $2,500 yearly fees for each city Web site. That'd be a total of $224,000 — immediate yearly savings of $376,000.
Naturally, this isn't going to happen. “We had a pilot program [to switch over] our content management system, but we did not get approval in the new budget year, unfortunately,” says Ron Vincent, the media director for the Department of Technology.