[python-advocacy] Python usage in big corporations and organisations

Michael March mmarch at gmail.com
Sun Feb 8 00:13:19 CET 2009

On Sat, Feb 7, 2009 at 4:00 PM, Stephan Deibel <sdeibel at wingware.com> wrote:

> Günter Walser wrote:
>> Hello to all,
>>  I'm in the process of convincing a client to use Python as the base for a
>> Web based enterprise tool (not mission critical, but it should be used by
>> many parts of the organisation if everything goes fine).
>> He starts to see the advantages of Python to develop, but is very
>> concerned
>> about the opinion the IT departments might have about Python.
>> To circumvent the "Only Java" or similar policies I'm thinking about
>> Jython,
>> which is one apsect.
>> But in my clients opinion it would be good to have a kind of "don't fear,
>> look all these huge and successful companies use Python" list at hand.
>> Which might give support for the people wanting it but having to fight
>> opposition from IT-departments.
>> Is there anything like this available? I've found some (the one from
>> python.org, the wingware one (alsmost same)) but all of them miss the big
>> names which might help to impress some. Google is so far the only one big
>> and pythonistic I'm aware of.
>> Thanks for any hint or idea how to approach this problem.
> In addition to the link Aahz sent, see also
> http://wiki.python.org/moin/OrganizationsUsingPython
> For http://python.org/about/success/ (also at
> http://wingware.com/python/success/ with a few
> additions) it's been hard to get large companies to approve stories,
> although I also haven't tried
> very hard in recent years so additions have been only unsolicited stories.
>  Google specifically
> has a policy against doing things like the success stories (I did ask them)
> and this is not unusual
> for such companies.

In Google's case you need a  "success story". They pulled a "we liked it so
much we bought the company" and  hired the creator of Python...  'nuff said


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