"Free" Open Source Portals: Myth, Hype, or Reality?
Go beyond software license fees when evaluating a portal solution
Event Date: 07/07/2009 10:00 AM Eastern Daylight Time
These days “free” open source sounds appealing, but not every open
source alternative delivers the desired business results. Join
Forrester Research analyst Matt Brown to learn why it’s important to
think beyond license fees when evaluating a portal solution – and why
IBM customers choose market-leading IBM WebSphere Portal over open
source portal alternatives.
"The IT team originally tried building a new e-commerce system based on a Windows platform, but the solution did not meet Discount Tire’s performance, reliability and stability needs. Additionally, Discount Tire’s use of IBM Lotus Domino Server was a critical aspect of its daily ability to meet business demands. Previously running on Windows, the lack of reliability and consistent downtime of its Lotus software was critically impacting its day-to-day operations.
After extensive testing and load balancing, Discount Tire selected Red Hat Enterprise Linux for its critical systems. Since, the Red Hat Enterprise Linux platform has run Discount Tire’s entire e-commerce operation, as well as numerous internal applications, including its Lotus Domino application" Check out http://www.lotusonredhat.com
"The new community enables companies to gain real-time access to IBM
subject matter experts to support sales leads and client
implementations. Partners can also create personalized profiling tools
to develop online communities that make their skills visible to other
partners, connect with them on new technology innovations and joint
sales leads and develop and deliver new technologies online through
interactive forums before test-marketing or taking offerings directly
to clients" http://finance.yahoo.com/news/IBM-Launches-New-Social-prnews-15478032.html?.v=1
"Based on Lotus Connections, IBM's enterprise networking and
collaboration technology, PartnerWorld Communities enables members to
collaborate through a secure network that connects people around a
focused task or goal using blogs, forums, private teaming spaces for
solution design and market planning activities, social bookmarking and
RSS feeds for real-time access to key topics of interest"
A great example is partnering to go win Stimulus funding...
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
30 percent of new Lotus Sametime
unified communications customers are Microsoft Outlook and Exchange
More than four million downloads of
a record 20,000customers
attended Lotus events this year, an increase of 39 percent worldwide
State Bank of India has agreed to
the largest installation of Notes and Domino 8 e-mail and collaboration
software in an emerging market to date, and the largest Lotus deal in
recent history. The software, installation and maintenance package,
which will enable the bank to communicate more effectively on-line,
will eventually be used by 300,000 bank employees, more than three
times the number who currently have access to e-mail. It will allow
them to better exchange information through Web 2.0-enabled instant
messaging, file and folder sharing, bulletin boards and discussion
"The medical home -- an enhanced care model -- provides comprehensive
and timely care and payment reform, emphasizing the central role of
primary care. At the core of the medical home is preservation of the
patient’s personal, long-term relationship with a primary care
physician. Patients who have a personal physician will incur less
healthcare expenditures and lower mortality rates. Another key component of the medical home is the team approach (physician, nurse, nurse practitioner,
patient educator, pharmacist and other care givers) to
As you can see in this table below, a lot is about Smarter Collaboration, between patient and care providers as well as between care providers...
Developers appear to be shifting away from Microsoft Windows to Linux and Mac OSX for their development operating system. 26.9% of respondents cite Linux was as primary desktop operating system, representing a 7 percentage point increase from 2007. Though Windows is still the dominant development OS at 64%, it has decreased 10 percentage points from 2007. The most popular Linux variant of choice among developers is Ubuntu, which accounts for over half of Linux respondents. Mac OSX has increase to 6.9% from 3.5% in 2007.
Linux is taking an increase share of the deployment operating system environment. 42.7% of the respondents selected Linux as their deployment environment; an increase from 37% in 2007. Ubuntu (12%) and Red Hat Enterprise Linux (10.2%) are the leading Linux distros.
"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)
Interesting article on Intel investing big time on Linux with Moblin: http://www.nytimes.com/2009/05/25/technology/business-computing/25soft.html?_r=1 "Moblin fires up and reaches the Internet in about seven seconds, then
displays a novel type of start-up screen. People will find their
appointments listed on one side of the screen, along with their
favorite programs. But the bulk of the screen is taken up by cartoonish
icons that show things like social networking updates from friends,
photos and recently used documents."
the path is from netbooks and atom to smartphones...
"More than 6,500 IBM clients use IBM's Web 2.0-enhanced WebSphere Portal
software. IBM has seen an especially large jump in new portal business
from healthcare clients worldwide including Catholic Healthcare West, Children's Medical Center of Dallas, Healthways, MedStar Health, Memorial Health, and Trillium Health Centre.
IBM WebSphere Portal is also used by four of the top five US healthcare
insurance companies, Blue Cross Blue Shield organizations in 33 states,
more than 30 major hospitals, clinics, and delivery networks worldwide,
and more than 12 on-line healthcare provider sites servicing more than
20,000 users each...
It is also the Portal of choice by the top 10 global banks, nine of the top 10 U.S. banks, seven of the
top 10 European banks, and eight of the top 10 Asia Pacific banks.
IBM WebSphere Portal is used by every G8 country governments, 10 of the 16 Middle
East countries, 22 U.S. states, and 40 U.S. Federal agencies."
This confirms the market buzz around the fact that only around 7% of Microsoft Windows SharePoint Services (WSS) customers have moved with any success to Microsoft Office SharePoint Server (MOSS). And for all of those how havent, so around 93%, per recent announcement from Microsoft, they shouldnt upgrade to 2007 but wait till 2010 comes...
Meawhile old BEA Portal customers are looking for alternatives...
Guess what: Windows,
Office, Publisher licenses acquired through other channels—including
Microsoft Volume Licensing, Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs),
and Full-Packaged Product (FPP)—do not permit renting, leasing, or loaning the software to a third party...
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
71% of respondents indicated cost reduction as their primary driver for adoption.
35% stated the ease of securing the desktop was another primary driver
cited the lowering of overheads associated with maintenance and support
in general were factors contributing to the benefit of desktop Linux
Those with experience of
Linux desktop rollouts are 50% more likely to regard non-technical
users such as general professional users and transaction workers as
primary targets for Linux
58% of those with prior experience of a Linux desktop rollout see general professional users as primary targets
52% of those with prior experience of a Linux desktop rollout see transaction workers as primary targets.
32% of those with prior experience of a Linux desktop rollout see power users as primary targets.
of respondents said usability was the main consideration when
evaluating or selecting a desktop Linux distribution for use in a
Virtual Bridges announced VERDE 2.0 available with desktop management infrastructure with disconnected use that can harness the local processing power. They already support virtual windows and linux desktops using the VDI connection broker and associated destop management/clustering. They also expanded their partner network by adding 16 additional resellers/systems integrators worldwide (http://vbridges.com/wp/?page_id=181; http://www.pr-inside.com/virtual-bridges-grows-worldwide-partner-r1270660.htm). They span Germany, France, England, Italy, South Africa, Japan, Indonesia, Mexico and the United States. One of them, Midas network is offering Desktop as a Service offering from Austin, Texas, USA.
"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."
More flexible, more freelance, collaborative, far less secure work world
40% of USA workforce predicted to be independent contractors by 2019, up from 26% today
28% of the workforce will telecommute full or part time, up from 12% in 2000 (per Gartner)
Run by a generation with new values
Gen X leading Gen Y
Women will increasingly be at the controls
83% of all consumer purchase decisions are done by women
10 Jobs predicted to grow the most in numbers by 2016: 1. Retail salespersons 2. office workers 3. registered nurses 4. food prep. and services workers 5. customer services reps 6. janitors and cleaners (not maids/housekeepers) 7. post secondary teachers 8. nursing aides, orderlies and attendants 9. personal and homecare aids 10. home health aides
10 jobs predicted to have the fastest growth rates by 2016: 1. home health aides 2 personal and homecare aides 3. computer software engineers 4. medical assistants 5. hetwork systems and data communication analysts 6. personal finance advisers 7. substance abuse and behavioral disorder counselors 8. veterinary technologists and technicians 9. vets 10 makeup artists, theatrical and performance