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Are you attending Lotusphere 2008 in Orlando?
Visit Desktop of the future Club
Check out the sessions in Swan Peacock 2 room starting Monday afternoon (Jan 21st) thru Wed evening (Jan 23rd). The schedule is in a one pager in your attendee bag.
Learn all about the IBM Open Collaboration Client Solution, activities with Linux distros. such as Novell, Red Hat, and other business partners such as Mainsoft, Csscorp, Ericom, Win4lin, Diamondedge, Cashal, etc. Learn about migration strategies.
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After Dell and HP, here is yet another concerned Microsoft partner and PC manufacturer: http://www.pcworld.com/article/id,134962-pg,1/article.html
"Acer president Gianfranco Lanci today became the first major PC manufacturer to openly attack Microsoft over the Windows Vista operating system. He was quoted in the Financial Times Deutschland . Lanci said the operating system was riddled with problems and gave users and businesses no reason to buy a new PC, according to the report."
Business 2.0 blog provides more links on this topic: http://blogs.business2.com/smallchange/2007/07/windows-vista-c.html[Read More]
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According to CNET News.com, property asset management company Capital & Regional, with 700 PC users, "is evaluating Linux desktops and Apple Macs as a way to reduce its dependency on Microsoft."Read More]
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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[Read More]
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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.[Read More]
AntonySatyadas 1100009CNT Tags:  vista redhat microsoft linux france brazil client zdnet australia agreement crn dell open india searchenterpriselinux silicon thebusinessedition microsoft-watch eweek novell solution usa hp uk enterprise 2,934 Views
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"[Read More]
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If your organization can relate to any of these top reasons, read further
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US Federal Government: last week it was DoT and FAA. This week its NIST - Windows Vista ban expanding
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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".
US Department of Transportation bans Windows Vista, Explorer 7, and Office 2007 upgrades as more countries adopt open standards and ODF
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See this article in Informationweek: http://www.informationweek.com/news/showArticle.jhtml?articleID=197700789
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I am doing a bit of catchup here, but take a look at this.
According to IDG Newswire in InfoWorld (http://www.infoworld.com/article/07/02/06/HNtexasminnodf_1.html ), Texas (by Sept 2008) and Minnesota (by July 2008) are moving towards adopting ODF (Open Document Format). "Minnesota State Senator Don Betzold, confirmed that his state's bill was written with ODF in mind. 'ODF is the standard intended,' he said. 'It is my goal to make sure that the public has access to electronic documents in the years to come and that we do not have to rely on licensing agreements or code access.' "
Also, based on appeal from standards bodies such as British Standards Institution (http://www.computing.co.uk/itweek/news/2174488/open-xml-hits-further-problems ), ISO Joint Technical Committee 1 (JTC1) has added 3 more months and has given Ecma time till end of February to respond to the contradictions filed by 20 nations (http://www.consortiuminfo.org/standardsblog/article.php?story=20070206145620473 ) about Microsoft's 6000 page OO-XML (http://www.odfalliance.org/resources/OfficeOpenXMLFactSheet.pdf ). Check out Robert Sutor's blog for more info (http://www-03.ibm.com/developerworks/blogs/page/BobSutor ).[Read More]
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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
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.[Read More]
AntonySatyadas 1100009CNT Tags:  market fud idc morningstar communication collaboration press unified microsoft 2,047 Views
Think paying bloggers to editWikipedia 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 ; )[Read More]
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You just can't make this stuff up: Just last month Microsoft's effort to encourage bloggers to write favorable reviews of Vista by giving away free Acer laptops was exposed. See http://macdailynews.com/index.php/weblog/comments/12071/
Now Microsoft is offering to pay bloggers money to "correct" Wikipedia articles about the Open Document Format (ODF) and Microsoft Office Open XML (OOXML)!
As you know Microsoft has been hotly pursuing ISO to see if OOXML can be standarized. However, some argue that OOXML is not really "open" (http://www.grokdoc.net/index.php/EOOXML_objections ) and with ODF, the world already has an ISO standard that works and is open, independent of Microsoft's proprietary technology.
So what does Microsoft do to combat the growing global momentum behind ODF? They offer to pay bloggers to "correct" Wikipedia entries about ODF!
http://news.yahoo.com/s/infoworld/20070123/tc_infoworld/85339 ; http://www.informationweek.com/showArticle.jhtml? articleID=196903015&cid=RSSfeed_TechWeb ; http://www.cnn.com/2007/TECH/internet/01/24/microsoft.wikipedia.ap/index.html
Microsoft's efforts to put their own twist on open standards continues. What could possibly be next?[Read More]
Forbes reviews Vista and says (http://money.cnn.com/magazines/fortune/fortune_archive/2007/02/05/8399126/index.htm?source=yahoo_quote )
"One big hurdle is that you'll need serious hardware to take advantage of the best features." ...
"Even if you have a Vista-ready computer, upgrading to Vista is vexing. For starters, new PCs labeled "Vista ready" may not be capable of running the premium versions, which are, of course, the versions you'll want. " ...
"And then there's the issue of drivers, the software that Windows PCs need to work smoothly with printers, scanners and other peripherals. I wasted a full day tracking down and troubleshooting updates just so I could print a letter." ...
"For most organizations it's going to take 12 to 18 months of testing," says Michael Silver, senior software analyst for technology consultants Gartner Group. "Testing applications, waiting for software vendors to come up with new [Vista-specific] versions - by that time the machines in the office are going to be another 18 months older. Why spend the money to upgrade if you're only going to have it for another six months to a year?" ...
"some users will see Vista simply as Windows XP with lipstick and Botox. The Home Basic version, in particular, even does without the lipstick." ...
"It could lose customers to a new generation of browser-based applications that don't rely on any particular operating system."[Read More]
According to this Economist article: http://www.economist.com/business/displaystory.cfm?story_id=8550569 ,