According to Michael Sampson's blog (http://www.michaelsampson.net/2007/07/mark-bennett-on.html ) a Lotus Notes 5 customer in New Zealand is planning a roll-out of Notes 8. "All of the Domino Servers run on Linux, and they are considering the roll-out of some Linux desktops. In terms of Notes 8, Mark says, "What exactly do our people need beyond Notes 8, the inbuilt productivity editors, and a browser?" In other words, Notes 8 paves the way for a move away from both a Windows desktop and Microsoft Office."
See also the IBM web page discussing the IBM open client solution on Linux: http://www.ibm.com/lotus/openclient
Check this out: http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/business/323025_msftcontracts10.html , http://www.forrester.com/Research/Document/Excerpt/0,7211,42562,00.html and this one too: http://www.microsoft-watch.com/content/operating_systems/software_assurance_storm_warning.html
Per a recent Forrester report, only 11% of the 61 will definitely renew Microsoft Enterprise Agreement. 26% have decided NOT to renew. 86% (more than 3000 user organizations) have the agreement up for renewal in 2007.
"Julie Giera, the Forrester Research vice president who wrote the report, said she speaks with hundreds of Microsoft Software Assurance customers each year, and the findings from the formal study are consistent with what she has been hearing from many of them."
Apparently the Microsoft response did not address the point that was being made in the report: http://www.microsoft-watch.com/content/business_applications/microsofts_licensing_response.html
So folks, if you have a Microsoft enterprise agreement up for renewal or considering to sign a new one, think twice or thrice... Get to the facts. Figure out how you can free up quite a lot of money in your IT budget. See http://www-142.ibm.com/software/sw-lotus/lotus/general.nsf/wdocs/license .
Let me know if you need more guidance on this.
Customers, Vendors, Analysts form the Market. I have been noticing more facts based trends on Microsoft Desktop and its alternatives including Linux. Lets take a look at some:
1. Various companies/governments worldwide are moving to desktop alternatives
February 2007 - Brazil
Linux arrives on 50,000 government desktops in Brazil: http://www.eweek.com/article2/0,1895,2094861,00.asp
February 2007 - USA
"By all appearances, the migration from Microsoft Windows to Novell SUSE Linux on the server and the desktop at the Windsor Unified School District in Northern California has been almost as pain-free as any IT professional could hope for. By this summer, all 5,000 students and 250 teachers will be working off of a Linux-based thin client running OpenOffice.org, and the majority of the district's servers will be running Novell SUSE Linux Enterprise Server." http://searchenterpriselinux.techtarget.com/originalContent/0,289142,sid39_gci1245710,00.html
March 2007 - France
"When French MPs and their assistants return from their summer break this June, they will conduct parliamentary business on PCs running Ubuntu. From the next session of parliament, 1,154 desks will feature the Linux-based PCs. At the time of the latest IT refresh for parliamentary assistants, France's parliament, the National Assembly decided to switch from Windows to Linux, allowing the 577 MPs to switch to non-proprietary software for the first time."
June 2007 - India
"Shiva Ramani, Co-Founder and CEO Cybernet-SlashSupport(CSS) said, "As a fast-growing provider of technology infrastructure support to multinational clients around the world, we have a tremendous focus on collaboration and on open standards. IBM's new open client solution offers the best combination of functionality and flexibility at a fraction of the cost of proprietary solutions. In line with our philosophy of practice what you preach, we are implementing the new IBM open client offering across our organisation."
2. Top Microsoft Desktop Vendors/Partners are signing up for alternatives
March 2007 - USA
"Hewlett-Packard is closing custom deals for thousands of desktop PCs running Linux, which has the company assessing the possibility of offering factory-loaded Linux systems, an HP executive said. "We are involved in a number of massive deals for Linux desktops, and those are the kinds of things that are indicators of critical mass. So we are really looking at it very hard," said Doug Small, worldwide director of open source and Linux marketing at HP."
July 2007 - UK
"Upgrading from Windows XP to Vista poses significant challenges for IT departments warns Dell, as it softens its sales stance on the OS"
July 2007 - USA
"VARs and system builders said the Vista issues are so significant that they are simply ripping Vista off most systems.
"We are ripping it off systems 99 percent of the time," said Jay Tipton, vice president of Technology Specialists, a Fort Wayne, Ind., Microsoft Gold partner."
3. Analysts report that many organizations are NOT taking up Vista/Office 2007 and more on FUD
June 2007 - Australia
"Analyst firm Gartner has expressed surprise at the number of Australian organizations reluctant to upgrade to Vista and Office 2007 without exploring alternatives. According to the results of an online Computerworld poll, a mere four percent plan to upgrade this year, while 77 percent plan to explore alternative solutions before making their move. Gartner research director, Martin Gilliland, said the results are unexpected. "I'm surprised that so many think there is an alternative," he said adding that the only options are Mac, Linux or skipping Vista altogether."
July 2007 - USA
According to Joe Wilcox of eWeek: "Microsoft has a long history of saying stuff (expecting people will believe) that wasn't true then or didn't turn out to be true in the future. I've grabbed some random examples:
* Software Assurance: In its May 10, 2001, press release announcing the program, Microsoft claimed: "The improvements to Microsoft's volume licensing offerings are designed to match the current acquisition behavior of the majority of Microsoft's enterprise customers, and should result in a reduction or no change in licensing costs for approximately 80 percent of Microsoft volume licensing customers." In reality, based on research from Gartner and other analyst firms, only a minority of customers—those upgrading every two years or less—would realize cost savings. The program raised most customers' software acquisition costs, as much as 107 percent, according to Gartner."
I will end with some fun reading from eWeek - check it out: http://www.eweek.com/article2/0,1895,2148775,00.asp
"Bad, Bad Reasons Not to Buy Open-Source Software"
If your organization can relate to any of these top reasons, read further
- Want flexibility and choice in your environment/purchasing decisions
- Exploring "Desktop of the future"
- You are an ISV/VAD/SI/Solution provider exploring new ways to drive customer value
- You need alternatives for migrating your applications based on user needs/segmentation For example:
- Have Microsoft Visual Basic applications; still running Windows 2000; have .Net applications
- Interested in server managed clients and "hands free installation and support" model
- Need "Rich Client" support (i.e., "fat client" functions at browser client price)
- Cost, TCO
- Want to lower your TCO by exploring Linux and other low cost applications
- Challenged with Vista upgrade costs – software, hardware, training, deployment
- Concerned about Microsoft Office 2007 costs (software, training, deployment, value) - 80% of your users leverage only 20% of the functionality offered in Microsoft Office 2007
- Want to explore the possibility of saving a large amount off the cost of Microsoft Enterprise Agreement by taking alternate procurement strategies
- Looking into the increasing number of government policies and supporting laws on adopting open standards, ODF, and Linux
- Want to innovate, leverage new innovations like Web 2.0 on the desktop
The "desktop of the future" concept is driven by the following needs
- ease of use (leverage Web 2.0, SOA) drive innovation on the desktop
- reduce cost - hardware, software, maintenance/support, management (http://www.ibm.com/lotus/reducecost)
- support mass collaboration and organizational productivity
- mobility, smartcard, biometrics, appliances - anyplace, anywhere, connected/disconnected
- unified collaboration, communication, and socialization (http://www.ibm.com/lotus/collaborate)
- client middleware with one open programming model
- flexibility and choice - open client capabilities (http://www.ibm.com/lotus/openclient)
- mashup and application composition capabilities
- the smarts - speech, vision, touch, awareness, context, insights
Want to get a briefing, IBM point of view? Contact email@example.com
Want to play around with Notes 8 beta client? download from here: www.ibm.com/lotus/getnd8now
Want to get a whitepaper on this? Contact me firstname.lastname@example.org
Last week I blogged about US Federal government organizations Department of Transportation and FAA banning Windows Vista, Explorer 7, and Office 2007 upgrades. Its the turn of NIST (National Institute of Standards and Technology), part of US Department of Commerce, this week. According to InformationWeek (http://www.informationweek.com/news/showArticle.jhtml?articleID=198000229 ), "NIST has banned Microsoft's Windows Vista operating system from its internal computing networks".
See this article in Informationweek: http://www.informationweek.com/news/showArticle.jhtml?articleID=197700789
"Citing concerns over cost and compatibility, the top technology official at the federal Department of Transportation has placed a moratorium on all in-house computer upgrades to Microsoft's new Windows Vista operating system, as well as Internet Explorer 7 and Office 2007".
"The DOT's ban on Vista, Internet Explorer 7, and Office 2007 applies to 15,000 computer users at DOT proper who are currently running the Windows XP Professional operating system. The memo indicates that a similar ban is in effect at the Federal Aviation Administration, which has 45,000 desktop users."
Meanwhile, the State of California legislature is considering has drafted legislation that would mandate adoption of ODF (http://news.com.com/California+may+adopt+OpenDocument/2100-7344_3-6163186.html)
And the IT Director for Germany's Foreign Ministry reports in Heise magazine that per-user licensing costs for its employees, who all use Open Office, is only 1,190 Euro. Other German ministries, which use Microsoft Office, tend to spend more than double that amount, or even as much as 5000 Euro. http://www.heise.de/newsticker/meldung/85977/from/rss09
And South Africa government is moving to open source: http://www.tectonic.co.za/view.php?id=1377
Interested in IBM open client solution? Check this out: http://www.ibm.com/lotus/openclient
You might have seen the IBM announcement of its open client solution (http://www-03.ibm.com/press/us/en/pressrelease/21060.wss ) - Lotus collaboration software (Lotus Notes 8 and IBM productivity tools with ODF support, Domino, Sametime, WebSphere Portal, Expeditor) and associated software services to support flexibility and choice for the customer around operating systems (Windows from Microsoft, Linux from Red Hat and Novell, Mac OS 10 from Apple - planned for Lotus Notes 8), platform devices, productivity editors (Microsoft Office on Windows, IBM Productivity Editors or open source products on Linux and Windows), alternatives for application development on thin/rich client (leverage Eclipse RCP). See IDC News Service: http://www.infoworld.com/article/07/02/12/HNibmlinuxopenclient_1.html However, some are reporting that Microsoft is not very happy with this http://www.microsoft-watch.com/content/operating_systems/microsoft_is_not_very_hapy_about_ibms_new.html Well....
1. IBM financials for Y2006 show 30% revenue growth for Lotus software in Q4 and also 9 consecutive quarters of growth.
2. Open standards based software does provide flexibility and choice to the customer, ISVs, and Systems Integrators. Flexibility and choice is about operating systems, platforms, productivity editors, applications, collaboration software, application development, and rich/thin client. Microsoft products runs on Windows only, and often have complicated product inter-dependencies. According to Avinash Singh, COO of Birlasoft (http://www.birlasoft.com ), a Systems Integrator based out of New Jersey, "IBM's open client solution is very timely. It allows us to offer more value to our customers who either want to move to Linux desktops or drive a heterogeneous client strategy. This solution can help them reduce costs while increasing organizational productivity. It is all about offering flexibility and choice for our customers."
3. Customers are being Vista "challenged" in terms of cost of software, hardware, deployment, falling short of security features (http://www.businessweek.com/the_thread/techbeat/archives/2007/01/vista_firewall.html?chan=search ), printer and device drivers (http://www.enterprisenetworksandservers.com/newsflash/art.php?698 ). "MIT flunked Vista" recently (http://www.varbusiness.com/sections/news/breakingnews.jhtml;jsessionid=RLEG1GEALNJJIQSNDLOSKHSCJUNN2JVN?articleId=197004760 ). Office 2007 requires end user training. Customers are also concerned about "after Vista what" -- I spend all this money and cant get locked out of innovation -- do i move to "Live"? when? Why not continue to stay on Windows XP or the like. Others say: I have to "migrate" anyways, so why not leverage Linux? As you may know, many experts are "OOXML challenged" also (http://www.consortiuminfo.org/standardsblog/article.php?story=20070117145745854 )
4. Customers are also figuring out a way to free up lots of money in their IT budget by deciding to take alternative procurement strategies instead of renewing/signing Microsoft Enterprise Agreement - "a la carte vs buffet". So says several analysts and press (http://www-142.ibm.com/software/sw-lotus/lotus/general.nsf/wdocs/license )
So despite any criticism out there, my take is that the open client solution is real and deep and its all about bringing value, flexibility, ease and choice to customers.
Think paying bloggers to edit Wikipedia entries or handing out free laptops to bloggers is on the cutting edge of marketing communications? How about inventing IT industry analyst market share figures for a market segment that hasn't even been measured? Case in point: A reader of Microsoft's Sunday, Jan. 21 press release paragraphs could conclude that Microsoft already dominates the Unified Communications integrated collaborative market segment with 52% share, according to IDC, a reputable IT research firm. Trouble is, IDC has not yet determined vendor market share for this segment, nor has estimated the size of the "integrated collaborative" market. To top it off, IDC hasn't even established a taxonomy for the "integrated collaborative" market segment! (Microsoft even mixed in Social Software capabilities into the same paragraph, just to sound trendy, I guess.)
See Microsoft's original press release, that issued on Sunday Jan 21st 2007 at midnight, at http://news.morningstar.com/news/ViewNews.asp?article=/PR/20070122SFM051_univ.xml&pgid=qtqnPress5
So did Microsoft fix their "error?" Rather than distributing a new version of its press release over PR Newswire (which distributed the original press release) to correct these innaccuracies. Microsoft simply updated a copy of the press release posted on its press room web site, with the words, "Editors’ update, Jan. 24, 2007 – This press release has been edited since original publication." -- without any explanation about what was wrong. See: http://www.microsoft.com/presspass/press/2007/jan07/01-21LotusDominoTransitionPR.mspx
Of course, journalist don't check press releases on vendor press sites to see if they've changed. Then again, Microsoft could again be blazing a new trail in marketing communications ; )
Check this out:
"IBM's Lotus unit will introduce a set of social networking services Monday that functions like a MySpace for office workers and which analysts say marks a renewed challenge to Microsoft Corp.
Peter O'Kelly, a collaboration software expert with Burton Group, said: "This is going to rekindle the competition between Microsoft and IBM, I think IBM is playing offense here... O'Kelly said IBM's Web software could cause many corporate buyers who stopped considering Lotus Notes a decade ago to reconsider their reliance on Microsoft's rival software suite."
Connections combines five components: member profiles, activities, blogs, communities and "dogear" - IBM's word for how users identify and share Web bookmarks with colleagues. Connections uses the popular Web navigation technique of "tagging" to help users track popular discussion topics and figure out who may have expertise on any subject. The software provides a way for individuals to quickly set-up ad hoc groups to collaborate on projects, storing relevant documents, e-mails and Web sites together. Each user can publish blogs to share ideas with colleagues.
"What Web 2.0 has demonstrated is that self-defining communities often do a better job of locating relevant information," IBM software chief Steve Mills said. "This helps with the rapid identification of expertise and experts."
See more coverage:
Other announcements include Lotus Quicker - a new web 2.0 collaborative content platform, Lotus Sametime 7.5.1 featuring expanded unified communications, and Lotus Notes and Domino 8 beta program.
Visit Lotusphere Complex in Second Life, first time IBM has run a customer conference simultaneously in both the real and virtual worlds (http://slurl.com/secondlife/ibm 9/34/58/23/)
6. Potential to save up to 60% of the cost of Microsoft Enterprise Agreements by purchasing required of licenses one time over a 3 year period using Select agreements (estimate based on companies with more than 250 users) (http://www.ibm.com/lotus/reducecost)
5. Opportunity to upgrade from client server environment to the web leveraging Web 2.0 and associated innovations.
4. You may not be under pressure to deal with Vista and MS Office 2007 upgrades and associated costs (software, hardware, training) this year.
3. Opportunity to explore alternate desktop OS (http://www-142.ibm.com/software/sw-lotus/lotus/general.nsf/wdocs/desktop ).
2. Adopt open standards and associated interoperability framework policies. http://www.odfalliance.org/resources/GlobalViewODFPolicy.pdf
1. Make use of this savings to fund mission critical projects.
I have been reading several articles in Businessweek questioning the readiness of Vista and Office 2007 (http://www.businessweek.com/technology/content/nov2006/tc20061129_739121.htm ) and some of the design quirks - how many geeks does it take to shut off a computer (http://www.businessweek.com/technology/content/dec2006/tc20061201_625122.htm?chan=technology_technology+index+page_software ).
Then I came across this article (http://www.cbronline.com/article_news.asp?guid=61A19824-89F8-4649-82F7-3062481BA64B ) about BECTA (the UK government agency responsible for technology used in education) warning against deploying Vista and Office 2007, "noting that for Vista especially 'the risks are high, and the benefits are far from clear."
And while we have blogged about the "cost" of upgrading to Vista, today I came across this IDC study: "for every dollar spent on Vista a partner will earn $18 from hardware upgrades, other software additions and services." (http://www.itbusiness.ca/it/client/en/home/News.asp?id=41800&cid=10 )
But then many governments appear to have figured this out already through interoperability frameworks and adoption of ODF (Open Document Format) and Linux - the most recent being State of Tamil Nadu in India (http://www.skyscrapercity.com/archive/index.php?t-368794.html ) and Province of Misiones in Argentina (http://www.misiones.gov.ar/egov/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=132&Itemid=9 ).
Here is a summary of the government adoption of ODF:
a. Seven National governments:
- Brazil, France, Germany have released Interoperability Frameworks calling out ODF
- Belgium, Croatia, and Norway recognize ODF/open standards in Fedral Government ICT guidance or policy papers
- Denmark made a parlimentary decision on the need for open standards in digital exchanges
b. Two country national standard bodies
- Italy approved ODF as a National Standard
- Malaysia is in the process to do likewise
c. Four Regional Governments:
- Extremadura, Spain has agreed to use ODF for document exchange
- Hong Kong, China recognizes ODF in its interoperability framework
- Tamil Nadu, India
- Province of Misiones, Argentina
d. Four governments have sponsored ODF focused events:
- India, Malaysia, Poland, Thailand
e. EU's DG Enterprise/IDABC published its recommendations on ODF ( http://ec.europa.eu/idabc/servlets/Doc?id=26844 )
In addition to policy decisions, nearly 50 federal agencies and state/local bodies across the globe are using office applications that support ODF. See http://opendocumentfellowship.org/government/precedent
Many governments have proceeded further, with adoption of Linux as the operating system of choice.
Let us take India for example: The state of Kerala moved 12500 schools to Linux few months back. The State of Tamil Nadu home to a population the size of the UK, is in the process of deploying 32,600 Linux desktop systems and training 30,000 government officials (http://mandriva.blogspot.com/2007/01/tamil-nadu-india-may-shut-door-on.html ). The governments of seven states, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, West Bengal, Chhattisgarh, Uttar Pradesh and Uttaranchal were running their treasury applications on Linux. The Provident Fund application of Bihar, the Secretariat in Mizoram, the Stamp Duty application in Andhra Pradesh, the Land Record application of Maharashtra, the RTOs of all the North Eastern states; Linux found several takers in many states across the country. The Central Government was not lagging behind-the innovative ePost project of the Post & Telegraph department, the IndiaGov portal and various other applications of the Election Commission, Ministry of Health, Ministry of Labor and Ministry of External Affairs were also running open source software. (http://www.dqindia.com/content/DQTop20_2006/employers06/2006/106090601.asp ).
Meanwhile, in Europe, the city of Amsterdam (in collaboration with 7 other cities) will conduct tests of open source software on desktops in two departments in the first half of 2007 (http://news.zdnet.co.uk/software/0,1000000121,39285307,00.htm ). Austria's capital city Vienna is in the midst of linux desktop rollout.
I already blogged on State of Indiana in the US (http://www.eschoolnews.com/news/showstory.cfm?ArticleID=5819 ).
And IBM is offering flexibility and choice to customers: Run Notes, Sametime, Expeditor, ODF compliant productivity editors on Windows, Linux, Mac, from a memory stick, DVD, etc.
Three articles of interest:
1. Redhats: City of Vienna, Austria has selected Red Hat Enterprise Linux as its server platform of choice. (http://www.eweek.com/article2/0,1895,2062154,00.asp)
2. Redmondians: Apparently some see a pattern exemplified by the Microsoft - Novell alliance:
- Microsoft agreed to pay Novell $536M in Nov 2006
- Microsoft agreed to invest $150M in Apple in Aug 1997
- Microsoft paid AOL $750M in May 2003 - including other things: royalty free 7yr license of Microsoft browsing technology
- Microsoft paid Sun $1.95B in April 2004...
The question to ask is: What interoperability capability came out of such a level of collaboration with Microsoft? See what InfoWorld has to say: http://www.infoworld.com/article/06/11/21/48OPreality_1.html
3. So what is the meaning of the Microsoft-Novell deal? Looks like Novell and Microsoft disagree... seems like more Microsoft FUD for sure: http://news.com.com/Microsoft%2C+Novell+spar+over+Linux+agreement/2100-7344_3-6137444.html
What is this all about:
Microsoft made 2 key announcements recently around interoperability and an inclination to "embrace" Linux:
1. With Novell: Virtualization, Web services management and document format, and patent protection - IBM already addresses this between IBM Systems director family (http://www-03.ibm.com/systems/virtualization/systemsdirector/ ), and http://www.openinventionnetwork.org
2. Interop Alliance with Sun, BEA, Software AG, and Novell (http://biz.yahoo.com/prnews/061114/sftu120.html?.v=65 )
1. Customers have been demanding interoperability to Microsoft for effective use of their existing investments for a while. Obviously IBM's open standards based approach and leadership in various standards bodies has brought together a large number of ISVs to ensure interoperability for more than a decade. IBM continues to provide an evolutionary path for upgrades and migrations mitigating the risk of dependencies on a long term basis as well as unparalleled flexibility and choice even for a predominantly Microsoft customer.
2. Here are some examples of IBM proof points of Open Standards based interoperability in WebSphere Portal:
- JSR168, WSRP, JSR170, SOAP, JSR286 and the like.
- We also provide WebSphere Portal Factory, and Eclipse based development capabilities.
- Business partner software such as Visual Mainwin for J2EE from Mainsoft (http://www.mainsoft.com/products/vmw_wps.aspx ) provide interoperability accelerators for easy integration with .Net ASP applications.
- WebSphere Portlet Catalog (http://catalog.lotus.com/wps/portal/portal? )
And related ones:
- IBM's Harmony provides interoperability with SAP applications without any SAP upgrades (http://www-142.ibm.com/software/sw-lotus/lotus/general.nsf/wdocs/lotusforsap)
3. Questions you want to ask Microsoft concerning Interoperability
1. Why is Vista is not backward compatible?
2. Why does Microsoft counter any open standards initiative with its own specification? - ODF vs OpenXML
3. Lack of Domino integration from Microsoft Exchange (while IBM Lotus continues to integrate Domino with Outlook using DAMO) (http://www-142.ibm.com/software/sw-lotus/products/product1.nsf/wdocs/accessmsoutlookhome )
4. Why does Microsoft products require Active Directory, Windows Server 2003, Windows XP/Vista, Microsoft Office (spell checking), Internet Explorer, SQL Server, Systems Management Server (SMS) for client deployment, and Microsoft Operations Manager (MOM) for Management?
5. Why did RedHat say (1) NO to Microsoft - in joining the Interop alliance and (2) NO to Microsoft's offer for Patent deal? Red Hat shot down the possibility of an alliance because the company "does not believe there is a need for or basis for the type of relationship defined in the Microsoft-Novell announcement," deputy general counsel Mark Webbink said in an e-mailed. He said Red Hat would work with Microsoft on "true interoperability and open standards." (1) http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/business/292702_msftredhat17.html (2) http://www.eweek.com/article2/0,1895,2059675,00.asp
6. Steve Ballmer said the following, at the SQL Server conference in Seattle: "How many people have Windows Server in their data center?" Ballmer asked. Windows is required to run SQL, so the entire audience raised their hands. "How many have Linux?" he asked. Almost all raised their hands again. "Oops, not what I would have hoped, but OK." http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/business/292702_msftredhat17.html
7. Why is it so difficult for Microsoft to provide protocol and operating systems publications - ex. Protocols for Exchange-Outlook interaction? Open-source world works with open standards, such as IMAP, iCalendar and LDAP, and makes that work public. (http://www.eweek.com/article2/0,1895,1977468,00.asp, http://www.ibtimes.com/articles/20061115/microsoft-eu.htm) ?
8. Why is Microsoft not participating in the process of creating network interoperability in HTTP and SMB/CIFS (Common Internet File System), DNS (Domain Name System) and LDAP (http://www.eweek.com/article2/0,1895,1977468,00.asp
9. According to Microsoft, this Interop Alliance was formed to "identify opportunities for enhancing interoperability with Microsoft systems" http://www.microsoft.com/presspass/press/2006/nov06/11-14IVA07PR.mspx . So why is Ballmer stating that "Linux users owe Microsoft"? http://www.computerworld.com/action/article.do?command=viewArticleBasic&articleId=9005204&intsrc=hm_list http://www.computerworld.com/action/article.do?command=viewArticleBasic&articleId=9005171
10. Clarify product adoption strategy for customers moving from Vista and Office to Live and similar SaaS (Software as a Service) environments - http://www.cio.com/archive/111506/fea_vista.html?
I blogged about the State of Kerala, in India moving 12,500 schools from Microsoft Windows to Linux.
Take a look at the State of Indiana in USA: http://www.doe.state.in.us/inaccess/
A very exciting program that has already got tens of thousands of students using Linux based desktop computers (http://www.crn.com/sections/breakingnews/breakingnews.jhtml?articleId=192201386)...
They have a very good training and support infrastructure in place, along the lines of the other state...
Who is next in the line?
Recently several of our customers received this invite from Microsoft/Avanade to an event in NY where they were going to talk about re-platforming of Lotus products! So here are the top 10 questions you could ask Microsoft:
10. Please list the Microsoft products that require SQL Server? Why?
9. What is an Enterprise CAL and what is its cost? How does that differ from Core CAL?
8. How much will it cost me, per user, to move to Vista? (a) Select agreement, (b) Enterprise agreement, (c) new hardware purchase?
7. How much money can I save by signing Select Agreement and NOT renewing/signing Enterprise Agreement?
6. Why should basic administrator tasks in Exchange 2007/fail over and replicia storage require to use command line/manual operations?
5. How much more expensive is it to install Exchange 2007 compared to Exchange 2003 including hardware costs?
4. Can I virtualize Exchange 2007? If not now, when?
3. Why should I buy MS Office when I can get open standards based alternatives?
2. Please list all clients and servers required to be deployed to deliver a complete Microsoft Collaboration environment?
1. Given the fact that next version of Domino will run on the same hardware and operating system as the current version, what is meant by re-platforming? The same is not correct for Microsoft Exchange 2007, correct?