This eweek article http://www.eweek.com/c/a/Virtualization/Survey-Virtualization-Takes-Off-Cloud-Computing-on-the-Rise/
reveals the findings of a Forrester survey: In addition to the obvious around server virtualization and interest in the Cloud, here is a perspective on desktop virtualization:
"Alternatives to traditional PC technologies: Firms are feeling real painover the costs of maintaining PCs. Seventy percent of enterprises and 74percent of SMBs said they hope to lower PC costs with alternative technologiessuch as various forms of desktop or client virtualization."
Well, check out ftp://ftp.software.ibm.com/software/lotus/lotusweb/openclient/OVC_VERDE_Ubuntu_1103.pdf
Social Business transformation
Check this out.
Per this report from Computerworld (http://www.computerworld.com/action/article.do?command=viewArticleBasic&taxonomyName=IT+in+Government&articleId=9129043&taxonomyId=69&pageNumber=2). quoting Kundra: "We have the ability to run an open, transparent, participatory and collaborative government."
This is about perpetual collaboration: http://www-03.ibm.com/industries/government/us/detail/landing/G153005R79354P19.html?re=gihome67gov
And the key enabler is a series of Smarter Collaboration capabilities to optimize, connect, collaborate, and innovate..
Congrats Vivek Kundra, Obama CIO: http://www.eweek.com/c/a/Government-IT/Google-BlackBerry-Enthusiast-is-Obamas-CIO-Choice/
"VivekKundra will bring a depth of experience in the technology arena and acommitment to lowering the cost of government operations to thisposition," Obama said in a statement. "I have directed him to work toensure that we are using the spirit of American innovation and thepower of technology to improve performance and lower the cost ofgovernment operations."
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Check out this article:
Tells the cost reduction story around many of the elements I have blogged earlier -- Liberate, Migrate, Virtualize and the variety of costs you can reduce around software license, hardware costs, operational costs, travel/telephone costs, less time spent doing XYZ leading to better productivity, less errors, ...
This is the time for CMOs to take a leadership role to
1. Reduce cost
2. Improve Pipeline and yield
3. Retain customers and reach new markets
Questions to ask
Every CIO and CFO is looking at ways to reduce CAPEX and OPEX. Increasingly IT investments are requiring more rapid ROI, within the year...
There are quite a few factoids in the cyberspace. For example:
- Per NIST, in 2004, "40% of engineering time is spent locating and validatingengineering information. 30% of projectcosts are wasted due to poor communication between systems. Theindustry cost? US$15.8 billion annually.
2. Salary.com annual survey:
-"some of their actual work-related activities reduce their productivity, such as fixing someone else's work (54 percent), dealing with office politics (47 percent) and waiting for a co-worker to finish something that is needed (42 percent)."
3. Infocom study for Verizonbusiness:
37% of employee time is spent in meetings. In USA alone ~11Million meetings occur daily. 50% of that is a waste.
Here are some productivity/efficiency/behavior and technology (CAPEX) and associated OPEX elements to consider:
1. Figuring out whom to collaborate and with what
- Finding the "right" available expert/collaborator
- Role-Role and community/group interaction dynamics
- Finding the required content I need to use to collaborate
- security/trust/privacy, IP
- right version
- Access to the right applications
2. Where to collaborate
- Wiki, Blog, Forums, Community
- teamroom, Jam room
- team collaboration repository
- Portal, desktop, virtual desktop
- Line of Business Application
3. How to communicate between the collaborators
- switching between structured and ad-hoc processes
- lack of attention vs opportunity to multi-task
- sorry was on mute
- dead silence
- could you repeat that please
- meetings jail
4. Quality of Service
- flexibility and choice
- end-end management
5. How to deepen my relationships
- opportunities to connect
- work together on projects
- build trust
So how do we get this ROI to stick? within the year you make the investment?
There is the no brainer around Travel, long distance telephone cost reduction, productivity improvements and
then the opportunity to reduce software license costs, yes from Microsoft enterprise agreements -- Liberate; and then of course the Migrate (infrastructure simplification, office to symphony, windows to linux, collaboration stack, etc.) and virtualize steps I blogged before.
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The Yale Law School Open Standards research initiative and ODF alliance published recommendations to the Obama administration
Check out this effort from Yale Law School: http://www.law.yale.edu/documents/pdf/News_&_Events/Standards_RecommendationsREV.pdf
More commentary in Bob Sutor's blog: http://www.sutor.com/newsite/blog-open/
More adoption trends...
"The freelance marketplace Odesk (www.odesk.org) recently reported thatthe number of Linux-related jobs posted on its boards has increasedmore than 1400% since 2006": http://linux-foundation.org/weblogs/press/2009/03/01/linux-foundation-announces-training-program-to-meet-increasing-demand-for-linux-talent/
Berkley is offering Linux courses: http://www.unex.berkeley.edu/news/linuxcourses.html:
"For software programmers and developers worried about layoffs and jobsecurity in these tough economic times, the answer may be as clear asthe screen on your cell phone. That’s because manufacturers of smallconsumer equipment like cell phones and PDAs need programmers trainedin embedded Linux to hand-tune the product’s software code."
And then if you look at the hot jobs in 2009, there is a good intersection of roles that can benefit from such capabilities:
And as you may know, the Obama campaign used Ubuntu nation wide: http://boredandblogging.com/2008/10/21/obama-ubuntu/
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So, more governments are recognizing the value of open standards and open source.
Looks like the Canadian government has come out with an RFI with priority for low cost/no cost open source software: http://arstechnica.com/open-source/news/2009/02/canadian-government-eyes-open-sources-asks-for-feedback.ars
"According to the RFI, Canada is exploring no-cost software options onthe desktop as well as the server, in categories that include operatingsystems, office suites, and automation systems."
"Respondents are asked to comment on the potential for hidden costs, howto evaluate and manage compliance with open source licenses, and howopen standards and interoperability should factor into thedecision-making process."
According to this article: http://www.osor.eu/news/hr-cautious-start-for-open-standards-in-new-e-government-policy
Croatia's governmenthas taken a cautious next step to ensure its electronic governmentservices will use open IT standards. Five of the ten principles ineffect describe open standards.
There are references to more governments in the same website: osor.eu
Meanwhile the Dutch government minister for Foreign Trade Frank Heemskerk said: "Open standards offer long term benefits, including interoperabilityand lower costs. At times a migration to such software can be tricky,but public administrations will be supported in these cases", theminister wrote in reply to questions regarding software procurement bythe city of Utrecht.
The Finnish governmentwants the country's public administrations to increase their use ofopen source and open standards. On Monday the government published apolicy document to help public bodies with procurement and deployment.
The French police, in the year 2008 alone deployed 5000 new workstations, allrunning on Ubuntu. Every new workstation will ship with the same setup.During 2009 the Gendarmerie is planning to migrate close to 15.000workstations in total.
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"Under the Open Source, Open Standards and Re–Use: Government Action Plan the UK government will specify requirements by reference to open standards and require compliance with open standards in solutions where feasible.1 The government indicated it will support the use of ODF. It will also work to ensure that government information is available in open formats, and it will make this a required standard for government websites."
Seventeen national and eight provincial governments around the world have now officially endorsed ODF for document exchange.
Microsoft CEO put Linux ahead of Apple as the top competitor to Microsoft Windows (desktop) operating system and acknowledged share gains by both at their annual Wall Street briefing today. "Linux, you could see on the slide, and Apple has certainly increased its share somewhat."
"I assume we're going to see Android-based, Linux-based laptops, inaddition to phones. We'll see Google more as a competitor in thedesktop operating system business than we ever have before."
Brazilian government is deploying 356800 linux desktops in schools. Calgary, Alberta-based desktopvirtualization vendor Userful announced what it claims is the world'slargest deployment of Linux desktops. Working with the Braziliangovernment and virtual terminal vendor ThinNetworks, the company haswon a contract to deploy 356,800 virtualized "Userful Multiplier"desktops to Brazilian schools.
German schools are taking a similar approach
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Check this out...
"The U.S. government could save billions of dollars by moving to more open-source software, cloud computing and virtualization, a recent study suggests. Over three years, the potential savings would be US$3.7 billion for using open-source software; $13.3 billion for using virtualization technologies; and $6.6 billion from cloud computing or software-as-a-service, the study said. It was published by MeriTalk http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/pcworld/tc_pcworld/storytext/studyfederalgovtcansavebillionsinitspending/31043699/SIG=10q7earg9/*http://www.meritalk.com/, an online community about IT and public policy; Red Hat, an open-source software vendor; and DLT Solutions, a value-added reseller of Red Hat
and other IT products."
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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.
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
Here is an interesting pattern:
According to Microsoft watchIDC reported that there is a surge in Netbook purchases in Europe.Around 3.6 million in Europe, 5 million or so, worldwide in 4Q,2008.CIO.com reportsthat "according to ABI research, 16M were sold in 2008; 39M will besold this year; and 139M by 2013".
Netbooks on Linux end up around $50-75 less expensive. Around 30% of the Netbooks sold are on Linux.
and Doug did predict this for 2009 - see eweek report:
In Europe, looks like Telcos have the lead on this, in getting netbooks out in the market...
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Check out this report from eweek on Palmisano's top 15 moves.
Move # 8 is all around the IBM Open Collaboration Client Solution (OCCS -- http://www.ibm.com/lotus/openclient) including virtual linux desktops using Virtual Bridges and Canonical - the Microsoft desktop alternative, and Symphony (http://symphony.lotus.com)
Why should CIOs and CFOs care?
1. Opportunity to free up your IT budget
2. Opportunity to get ROI in less than a year
3. Opportunity to lower TCO
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Reduce costs, lower TCO, <1year ROI?
Here is the Liberate - Migrate - Virtualize recipe
Liberate:- free up money in IT budget by taking alternate procurement strategy: http://www.ibm.com/software/info/liberate
- more than 600 companies have freed up $3.5B over the last 3 years by executing this strategy
Migrate:- Reduce software licencing costs and increase productivity through best-of-breed smarter collaboration technologies
- There are several starting points and scenarios based on user segmentation (http://www.ibm.com/lotus/openclient)
- Microsoft office to Lotus Symphony (http://symphony.lotus.com)
- Microsoft windows to Linux
- Microsoft Outlook/Exchange, SharePoint, etc. to IBM Lotus Collaboration
- Add Lotus Sametime, Lotus Connections, Lotus Quickr etc to the current environment
- Leverage a variety of Integrated Communication Services including converged communications, mobility and wireless, network optimization, RFID, and telecom expense management
- Simplify your server infrastructure by moving to Linux, System Z, etc
- Pick the best delivery model
Virtualize: (http://www.ibm.com/lotus/openclient)- Reduce operational costs
- Virtual windows/Linux desktops for the right user segments
- Managed end user services including self enablement portal, asset recovery, platform integration and deployment, software platform management, and workplace optimization
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Lotusphere 2009 was quite exciting. I am back again here due to requests from customers and partners who wanted to keep a pulse on competitive insights. So what is new? what is hot?
Cost reduction strategies is hot. Remember? Liberate, Migrate, Virtualize...
Desktop Virtualization is hot. Particularly if you virtualize your Linux desktops. Yes Linux. Check out this solution IBM announced with Virtual Bridges and Canonical in Dec 2008.
Then of course, how can you collaborate smarter? What does it mean to People, their workspace, and the business processes and relevant information sources?
Check these out:
And then the alternatives...
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Check this out: http://www-03.ibm.com/press/us/en/pressrelease/23370.wss
On a roll. Great momentum with Open Collaboration Client Solution (OCCS -- Lotus Notes, Lotus Symphony, etc.)
1. OCCS powered by SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop from Novell: More Customers, Value Added Resellers like Arrow in USA, Avnet in Italy generating leads for their partners. Live DVD from Novell: https://www14.software.ibm.com/webapp/iwm/web/preLogin.do?lang=en_US&source=sw-pprod05&S_PKG=SW-LN8betaSUSElinux
2. Red Hat offering OCCS powered by RHEL from Red Hat: Marketing initiative for Business Partners
and Live DVD: http://rhx.redhat.com/rhx/support/article/DOC-2050
3. Lotus Notes support for Ubuntu (limited 8.0.1, full 8.5)
Lotus Symphony beta 4, Lotus Notes features, etc.: http://www-03.ibm.com/press/us/en/pressrelease/23366.wss
Lotus Foundations: http://www-03.ibm.com/press/us/en/pressrelease/23326.wss that leverages the Net Integration Technologies acquistion: http://www-03.ibm.com/press/us/en/pressrelease/23325.wss runs on SLES from Novell.
Bluehouse SaaS suite of collaboration features: http://www-03.ibm.com/press/us/en/pressrelease/23326.wss