They say two can live as cheaply as one, but now a press release claims that two can live $16 billion more cheaply than one. Says the introduction to the joint press release from San Rafael and Exton:
This exchange [between Autodesk and Bentley] will improve data quality and benefit their customers, while saving almost $16 billion a year according to a government study.
In the body of the press release, however, we find it reads it a bit different.
A 2004 study by the U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology found that users bear direct costs of almost $16 billion annually from time wasted due to inadequate AEC software interoperability.
That's a different story. And I love the use of the "almost" qualifier. Makes the hugely-rounded-off number sound much more accurate. The unimaginable $16B number does have the benefit of putting into its place that study from a couple of weeks ago that claims that interruptions from email cost the economy "hundreds of millions of dollars." A mere pittance.
Today, the fad is to recite statistics in terms of automobiles. Saving $16 billion is like taking 530,000 cars off the road.