There's nothing wrong with off-the-cuff guesses and if I had to put a dollar figure on your savings, it would be something like this:
- a month is 4 weeks
- a week is 40 hours
- assume one engineer
- assume $100 labor rate
- cost for six months - 96,000 (6*4*40*1*100)
- cost for one week - 4,000 (40*1*100)
- savings - 92,000 (96,000 - 4,000)
To me, these are the types of numbers you take to management not only to show the ROI on perl (and maybe convince them to send a bit of that savings to the Perl Foundation) but more importantly to show the ROI on you (and maybe convince them to spend a bit of that savings on you).
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