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
Watched Avatar in Imax. What a treat. The whole family enjoyed every bit of it...
Interesting to see this article on "is this concept really possible": http://www.cnn.com/2010/TECH/02/03/avatar.technology.science/index.html?hpt=C2
. Personally I dont think its gonna take centuries to realize this vision. Probably a decade. I bet :-)
Obviously figuring out TCO when you look for desktop alternatives is important. I did a quick search on what is out there. Check these out:
1. RedHat TCO calculator: considers savings from not renewing/signing Microsoft Enterprise Agreements, Moving from Windows to Linux desktops, servers, etc.http://www.compariv.com/redhat/tcoCalculator.jsp
2. Omni has a Novell desktop TCO calculator: http://www.omni-ts.com/linux-desktop/tco-calculator.html
3. Virtualization (including desktop, but looks like windows based) TCO calculator: http://www.alinean.com/P_TCOcalculator.asp
4. Small Business solutions: http://www.bilal.ca/how-to-save-money-with-lotus-foundations/
5. ROI around Messaging and collaboration: http://www.permessa.com/roi_calculator
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.
From guest blogger Scott Handy, Vice President of Linux and Open Source at IBM:
We announced at Linuxworld, eight key open source initiatives beyond Linux, aimed at accelerating the adoption of open standards and extending existing product lines to reach new customers. We also announced new work with the open source community to improve the development of general Linux kernel functionality, expanding its Linux focus around virtualization, Cell processor technologies, and security.
The eight new disciplines focusing on open source business opportunities include: Client-side Middleware - Supporting the Eclipse Rich Client Platform project for hosting cross-platform applications.Development Tools - Built on Eclipse, a universal open integration platform of frameworks and exemplary tools.Web Application Servers - Based on Apache open source projects like Geronimo.Data Servers - Building on the open source Apache Derby and no-license fee IBM DB2 Express-C.Systems Management - Including open source Aperi storage project.Open Hardware Architectures - Community-driven collaborative innovation with Power.org and Blade.org.Grid Computing - Expanded support for Open Grid Services Architecture and the Globus Alliance.IBM Research/Business Consulting and Technology Services - Enabling customers to innovate with open source-based solutions and development models.
Brazilian-based online gaming pioneer Hoplon Infotainment, Nationwide Insurance, CommX, and RealPlus, are among those pushing the company's estimated number of Linux-related customer engagements to more than 15,000 worldwide.
Customers using supercomputers, to gaming technologies and desktops and mobile phones are benefiting from the low cost of ownership, security, and reliability of Linux and open source software running on standards-based IBM hardware and server platforms. The company is particularly committed to expanding growth in IBM's Linux-related customer engagements in emerging markets including Brazil, Russia, India and China.
Hoplon Infotainment, for instance, is beta testing its new massive multi-player TaikoDom game hosted on an IBM mainframe computer at the IBM Service Delivery Center in Hortolandia, Brazil managing purchasing transactions with WebSphere and DB2 database software running on Linux. Millions of players worldwide can challenge each other in online games like TaikoDom and interact with other users in real time requiring a highly scalable IT infrastructure. The IBM DB2 Universal Database solution running on Linux delivered a significant percent performance increase over an Oracle solution that previously served as the technology middleware.
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
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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?
Not sure why Microsoft took time to acknowledge this?http://blogs.zdnet.com/security/?p=4938&tag=nl.e550
"Microsoft has issued a security advisory to acknowledge a crippling
denial-of-service flaw affecting its newest operating systems — Windows
7 and Windows Server 2008 R2.
In the absence of a patch, Microsoft recommends that affected users
block TCP ports 139 and 445 at the firewall. Windows users should also
block all SMB communications to and from the Internet to help prevent
Must read. Preston calls out on Ballmer's recent comments:Ballmer told The New York Times
that IBM made a mistake when it quit the PC, hard disk, and networking
equipment businesses, because companies need to diversify if they want
to profit over the long term. Here's what he told the Times
"I.B.M. is the company that is notable for going the
other direction. I.B.M.'s footprint is more narrow today than it was
when I started. I am not sure that has been to the long-term benefit of
I.B.M.'s strategy has worked out O.K. for its
investors over the last decade. Shares of I.B.M. are up about 30
percent since 1999, while shares of Microsoft have dropped about 30
percent over the same time span. http://blogs.computerworld.com/14838/ballmer_ibm_should_ignore_profits_get_back_into_the_hardware_business
A point of view from Novell CMO:
- Google Chrome OS would be available in 2010
- Microsoft Windows 7
- iPhone: 5.2 million units sold in the third quarter alone.
finally, in the face of economic pressures and shrinking IT budgets,
reports show that Linux adoption is on the rise, especially on netbooks
and mobile devices.
Check out key points from Sam Palmisano's remarks at the Atlantic Council event where he received the Distinguished Business leader award for 2009: http://www.acus.org/event_blog/2009-leadership-awards-bush-kohl-petraeus-and-palmisano/palmisano-transcript
"If we don’t make our economic, technological and social systems truly
systems – and by that I mean they are reliable, transparent,
trustworthy and secure – then they will not be sustainable"
"In June, in Berlin, the same city that brought down the wall and
rebuilt itself into a key European hub, IBM will convene a “smart
cities” summit. We’ve invited hundreds of leaders from the world’s most
innovative cities to share ideas and learn how we can make our cities
"By 2050, 70 percent of people on Earth will live in cities. Which means
that cities… more than states, provinces or perhaps even nations… are
increasingly the central arena for success or failure"
"We have the potential – both technological and political – to make our
cities more productive, more efficient, safer, more vibrant and more
"The key, as I said, is leadership. If we are really going to drive
meaningful change, we need to get smarter about how we work together.
We will have to be far more collaborative. This is not just the
familiar “public and private sector” formula. It’s multi-directional,
multi-stakeholder, truly global. Think about it – none of the systems
I’ve mentioned is the responsibility of any one entity or decision
maker. They all involve business, government, communities, all of civil
Are you an IBM Lotus business partner who will be in town (Boston) on July 11th? Maybe you are a Microsoft business partner attending the Velocity 2006 conference in Boston? Want to figure out a better way to partner? with IBM Lotus?
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Check this out...
380,000 Panasonic users will start using IBM Lotus web mail, cloud software.. Their US users are switching from Microsoft to IBM Lotus.http://www.reuters.com/article/idCNN1220082920100114?rpc=44
Good news for 16 million Lotus Sametime users and potential new customers. IBM announced the availability of Lotus Sametime 7.5 unified business communications platform earlier this week (Sept 13th 2006).
Based on the open and flexible Eclipse framework, with web 2.0 capabilities, this is indeed a game changing application!
We are approaching 100 IBM Business Partners building solutions based on Lotus Sametime 7.5, with nearly 30 of them already featured in the Lotus Sametime Virtual Partner Showcase http://www.ibm.com/software/lotus/partnershowcase/sametime.
At the Sametime Real-Time. Right-Now launch event we demonstrated examples, ranging from plugins with Cisco to see your contact's phone availability, to Radvision's multi-party audio/video conferencing session.
Look at some of the press around this announcement:
IBM Beats Microsoft to Meeting Space By: Michael Hickins, September 13, 2006: http://www.internetnews.com/ent-news/article.php/3631911
IBM Lotus Sametime Challenges Microsoft for New Market, By: Stan Gibson, September 13, 2006: http://www.eweek.com/article2/0,1895,2015716,00.asp
View the webcast and see Lotus Sametime 7.5 in action for yourself: http://www-142.ibm.com/software/sw-lotus/products/product3.nsf/wdocs/rtrneventbasic So, how is this different from Microsoft's unified communication announcements over the last three months, including the strategic relationship with Nortel?
- Lotus Sametime 7.5 is based on open standards that offer flexibility and choice.
- Leveraging open source Eclipse framework helps ISVs rapidly deliver plug-play components that complements Sametime services
- This is available TODAY. So customers need not wait for 2007.
- Solutions with Lotus Sametime 7.5 include Avaya (IP Telephony), Avistar Communications (Video Conferencing), Nortel (Voice, video, audio conferencing and mobility options), Phonesoft (voice messaging), RIM (audio and video conferencing)...
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