This might be more of a meta question but thought I would give it a try on the main site first.
I am in charge of a technology group at a very large company. We use a lot of vendors and do a lot of in-house stuff - some with WP some with other CMS/DMS/LMS iterations.
The second time in the last 3 months I was on the phone with a vendor and upper management (VP and up) and the vendor was tooting that "and our technology isn't some wordpress site or isn't using wordpress."
The last vendor no kidding charges $10 a head per year + admin fees + others so almost a million a year for a very very basic CMS. One so basic that it would take maybe a few weeks to do in WP. Their code/site/technology is so ghetto that there is virtually nothing that can't be done in WP out of the box plus a couple basic plugins. Not only that but their authentication and user system is full of holes because it is a self made CMS and just hasn't accounted for the 100s of cases of permissioning/issues.
So my question is what should someone say to a vendor when they make a comment like this?
Based on the assumptions: - Their site/code does not have the basic functionality of WP. - They have nothing "special" differentiating their product - They take forever to update/produce anything because everything is home baked, start from scratch - We have no idea of the security risks. Given their functionality looks like crap we have to at least assume that security might be just as bad and we have no way of looking at this.
My most basic answer would be - "You wish your site was using WP." But I would like to know how to answer this without coming off as a tech smartass and doing it in language non-techies and managers would understand.