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Greece’s Educational System problem

Today, I am going to talk about an issue of more general interest: the educational system of Greece and more particularly how it can be “sanitized” and cleared up from problems that have been around for decades. I believe that I’m entitled to speak about it, using my characteristic of “dad”, “recruiter of young professionals” and “physicist by education”; not to mention “married to a teacher”!

Well, to cut a long way short, here is a list of things to do or change in the Greek Educational System:

Decrease central government expenditure for Education, by 30%
Decrease number of schools by 20%
Decrease number of teachers by 20%
Make sure that all high-school and Lyceum teachers hold an M.Sc.
Install serious teacher evaluation mechanisms. At the same time, give back to the teachers the high social status that they deserve.
Move the economy of schools under the roof of the municipality, instead that of the central government
If economic crisis hits, then give 20% of the teachers a mandatory sabbat…

User Role in SaaS pricing models

SaaS pricing models may be based in a number of factors, or even combination of factors. For example, an ERP application may be priced per seat (per user) while a retail banking application may be priced on a transaction basis. A Sales Force Automation application may be priced on a generated-revenue basis etc.

I can’t help thinking, though, that even the simplest business application has different “user roles”. Perhaps, an advanced role that does most of the tasks and a lighter role that only executes a few trivial tasks. There may be another “super user” role that has access to the system parameters. There are more examples like that, but I think you get the point.

Having said that, I would – as a SaaS buyer – go into the temptation to ask for special discounts for those “low level” roles. The reasoning behind this is that I will activate some users that a) add no significant load on the system and b) give my enterprise relatively low value (compared to high authority, “do-it-all” use…