Re: If they really cared about tax payers cash
We don't buy a database first then look for the application to put on it, we'll buy the software service that meets the business needs and go with the supported database from that supplier.
Normally you trade off the closest fit against the lifetime cost and with a lifetime of reaming from Oracle in store I'd say you chose wrong. I'd also seriously question the value and quality of any software that can only run on one database engine unless that database is PostgreSQL or any other free instance. Seriously, "our software will only run on an Oracle DB" has amateur hour written all over it.