Social Business transformation
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Many of you may remember this tool from Binarytree: http://www.ibm.com/developerworks/lotus/documentation/d-ls-dominoexchange/index.html
Sure they do the other way too. But looks like this way is getting hot: from Exchange to Domino...
Why not.. See how the math works here: http://www-01.ibm.com/software/lotus/offer/roi-calculator.html
a Project Liberate proof point: Directions on Microsoft analyst says customers are not renewing Microsoft Enterprise Agreements
Check this out:
A new report by Directions on Microsoft analysts Paul DeGroot and Rob Horwitz called "5 Reasons Why Microsoft Licensing Is Hard" claims that Microsoft licensing isn't likely to get any easier any time soon..."
Microsoft doesn't think there's a problem," report co-writer DeGroot said in an interview Wednesday. "The money keeps rolling in ... Microsoft looks at the numbers and the reality is that most customers don't have a choice."
And despite Microsoft's rosy view of things, he said that some enterprise customers have chosen not to renew their contracts this year because "the customer doesn't understand the value of what they bought or how they bought it," DeGroot said."
Check out http://www.ibm.com/software/info/liberate for ways to free up money.
Try this TCO Calculator to see how much money you can save: http://www-01.ibm.com/software/lotus/offer/roi-calculator.html
"Microsoft has traditionally not embraced the concept of VDI. For the longest time it was actually a technical violation of the Windows desktop license agreement to use Windows for VDI. Then when Microsoft finally changed that policy, they did so by creating a license called "VECD" (for Vista Enterprise Centralized Desktop) which is a new license that's required in addition to your Vista Enterprise license. .. Oh yeah, VECD is only available if you have Software Assurance. ..
Microsoft created a new license bundle called the "Microsoft Virtual Desktop Infrastructure Suite," which, like most Microsoft products, is available in multiple editions. This suite is not a new product, but rather a hodge-podge bundle of most of the different things you'll need to start using Microsoft's VDI platform. ... The problem is that the "suite" is just a sort of random collection of various products that aren't really related. ..."
The Microsoft VDI Suite starts at $21 per user, per year.,
and more here: http://vbridges.com/wp/?page_id=61
You can drive a bus through some of Windows 7 holes, says Andrew Gracia - the eWeek Signalling IT blogger
"Honestly, it's hard to take Microsoft seriously about the security of its products when you can drive a bus through some of their holes"
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Oh oh.. Must Read
"Under Microsoft's planned enterprise licensing rules, businesses that buy PCs before April 23, 2010, with Windows 7 preinstalled can downgrade them to Windows XP, then later upgrade them to Windows 7 when they're ready to migrate their users. But PCs bought on or after April 23 can only be downgraded to Vista -- which is of no help for XP-based organizations, Silver notes -- and could cause major headaches and add more costs to the Windows 7 migration effort."
"Both Forrester Research and Gartner advise clients to wait 12 to 18 months after Windows 7 ships before adopting the new OS, so they can test compatibility of their hardware and software, as well as ensure their vendors' Windows 7 support meets their needs. But Microsoft's six-month downgrade restriction for XP means that the businesses that chose not to install Vista have to rush the migration process. Or they can spend extra money and enroll in Microsoft's Software Assurance program, which then lets them install any OS version at the price of the extra yearly fee (about $90) per PC."
IT needs to work through several other issues when figuring out its Windows 7 migration strategy, Silver points out.
Go liberate (http://www.ibm.com/software/info/liberate), and then figure out alternative migration and virtualization strategies (http://www.ibm.com/lotus/openclient)...
Interesting study by CRN -- kind of a bakeoff between the latest and greatest, almost :-)
Evaluation criteria included installation and deployment, interoperability and customization, feature set, performance and pricing.
The winner is IBM Lotus Notes and Domino...
It is the Business Partners turn now:
Facing waning demand for Microsoft products and growing interest in Linux, in the first five months of 2009 more than 1,000 Microsoft Business Partners have signed up to sell IBM's Lotus Foundations: http://finance.yahoo.com/news/200-Microsoft-Partners-Per-prnews-15441784.html?.v=1
In addition, some Microsoft partners have expressed disenchantment with Microsoft's new strategy of battling Linux encroachment in the SMB market by offering a skeletal version of Windows Server.
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Check out this announcement:
Driven by guidance from Microsoft to abandon evaluation of currently-shipping products, Microsoft customers are choosing IBM Lotus software, driven by the higher return on investment and easier deployment of Lotus software, and lower TCO. Customers include: The Coca-Cola Company, HSBC, ABB, BASF, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Fidelity Investments, Hyundai, Liberty Mutual, Linde Group, Mass Mutual, Nationwide, State Bank of India, and The Hartford,
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New Zealand government has decided NOT to renew their Microsoft Enterprise Agreement.
See the government notification: http://www.ssc.govt.nz/display/document.asp?DocID=7212 and the
news from TheRegister: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2009/05/26/microsoft_new_zealand/
"Microsoft has failed to renew a key government-wide purchasing deal for Windows, opening the door to greater use of open-source software. .. A government spokeswoman said the government looks for value for money, fitness for purpose, and strategic benefit in its negotiations. "We didn't feel we got the appropriate levels of benefit from the negotiations," she told Computerworld." (http://computerworld.co.nz/news.nsf/news/5FA015D542415324CC2575C100804A31)
Check out Project Liberate: http://www.ibm.com/software/info/liberate for more details on how you can save money by NOT renewing/signing Microsoft Enterprise Agreements.
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More proof points on working smarter using Microsoft alternatives...
Freeform Dynamics reported based on input from 1275 survey responders worldwide that (a) cost reduction and security are major drivers, (b) ubuntu scored high, (c) after IT the low hanging fruit were General professional users (relatively light and predictable use of e-mail, office tools, etc) andTransaction workers (mostly using enterprise applications in a routine prescriptive manner) http://www-03.ibm.com/press/us/en/pressrelease/27562.wss
Key statistics in the report (ftp://ftp.software.ibm.com/linux/pdfs/Freeform_Dynamics-Desktop_Linux.pdf) here:
Meanwhile IBM also announced Gruppo Amodori moving from Microsoft Exchange/Offce/Windows to the IBM Open Collaboration Client Solution on RedHat (http://www.lotusonredhat.com; http://www.ibm.com/lotus/openclient) -- http://www-03.ibm.com/press/us/en/pressrelease/27561.wss
"Our strategy is to focus on Linux first and foremost, taking a practical and pragmatic approach," said Gianluca Giovannetti, CIO and Director of Organization, Gruppo Amadori. "For us, the Linux environment is the right choice for very focused applications and is more cost effective than Microsoft."
Network World reports from Microsoft TechEd: http://www.networkworld.com/news/2009/051409-microsoft-teched.html?page=2
"At TechEd, keynote presenter Bill Veghte, senior vice president for the Windows business, said companies testing Vista should stop and move to testing Windows 7. The same advice was repeated for users who have not yet moved to Exchange 2007; they were told to skip it and wait for 2010."
I like the guidance. So dear customer. Don't upgrade now. Keep paying every year on the Microsoft Enterprise Agreement. And when 2010 comes, hopefully in 2010, then spend lot more money again, and hopefully upgrade...
Yet another reason for Customers to NOT renew Microsoft Enterprise Agreement and consider Microsoft alternatives.
Why did MLB switch out of Microsoft Silverlight - to stream games to its 500,000 subscribers?
"First, baseball wanted Microsoft to make it possible for users todownload Silverlight without having to possess administrative rights.When people are at work, it's often the company that possesses thoserights and employees would need authorization to download the player.That frustrated plenty of MLB.com subscribers, according to the sources."
"The other major issue was that baseball considered Silverlight toounstable. There were some high-profile glitches, including last year'sopening day, which saw many MLB.com subscribers struggling to log inand others who were unable to watch games. The malfunctions lastedseveral days."
Germany fined Microsoft $11.9M for pressing a retailer to sell Microsoft Office for a certain price: http://www.computerworld.com/action/article.do?command=printArticleBasic&taxonomyName=Windows&articleId=9131265&taxonomyId=125
"Microsoft said in a statement that it doesn't agree with theBundeskartellamt's decision, but it chose to pay the fine rather thanenter a long legal dispute."[Read More]
"Today a jury found that Microsoft infringed on Uniloc patents for product activation"
"The jury applied the $388 million back to Oct. 1, 2003, around the timeof the case's filing. Microsoft can ask the court to dismiss theverdict, and there is option to appeal. But none of that escapes theirony of Microsoft being found guilty of stealing, so to speak,technology meant to prevent people from stealing its software"
Did you receive this email highlighting how some additional software can address some of the SharePoint gaps?
"However, when these teams aren’t functioning because they can’taccess data or critical applications like SharePoint, your businessrisks losing money at an alarming rate"
"Unfortunately, that information sharing has caused anunprecedented number of attacks from both inside and outside thecorporate network. With the growing emphasis on regulatory compliancerequirements, the need to place strict security measures on thepermissions within SharePoint has grown.
The fact that even non-technical users can manage their ownpermissions in SharePoint leads to further complexity. And unorganizedpermission assignments and a lack of centralized control over theenforcement of company policy require the need for extensive managementand analysis of SharePoint permissions to ensure a secure andconsistent implementation.
ScriptLogic's Security Explorer for SharePoint centralizes the management of SharePoint security" ...
I get it. partners upselling their products. but what does this do to the TCO of a SharePoint deployment?