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.
Check this out -- According to Nitix, Nitix on Linux outperforms almost 17x Microsoft Windows Small Business Server 2003 in a test case comparing the Installation of the Operating System and Core IT services!
http://www.sorrybill.com : "Lower cost, more reliable, easier to use, better security, quicker to setup!!"
And, here are more details of a product performance bakeoff done by CRN:
"Net Integration's Nitix Linux small-business server offering packs every bit of the feature punch of Microsoft's just-launched Small Business Server 2003 R2 ..."
Try Nitix with IBM Lotus Domino at no cost here: http://www.nitix.com/products/domino/requestDownload.php.
They already have Sage Accpak running on Nitix: http://www.nitix.com/products/accpac/index.php
We announced IBM Cient for Smart Work in India today at Lotusphere...
This is all around ECOSYSTEM build out...
1. Simmtronics, top 5 memory manufacturer in the world announced global agreement that ships ICSW on their Simmbooks in India, USA, and many other countries worldwide..
2. In partnership with Canonical (primarily) and with Red Hat on a selective basis
3. Academic Initiative center of excellences with 3 engineering colleges in the state of kerala
4. ZSL announced Powercube DaaS in India, Africa, USA
5. Zyxware, IBM and Canonical business partner piloting ICSW in Technopark in Kerala http://www-03.ibm.com/press/us/en/pressrelease/29205.wss
This the second part of the news http://www-03.ibm.com/press/us/en/pressrelease/29205.wss
1. Canonical announced offering support for Lotus Symphony, one of the core components of IBM Client for Smart Work, through Channel Partners
2. ZSL announced ICSW based PowerCube DaaS in India, USA, Africa
3. Virtual Bridges announced market momentum, and venture funding from Austin Ventures
4. IBM opened IBM Open Company Center in Waltham Innovation Center in MA...
Talk about influencer marketing...
Can the Linux community follow Linus Torvald's endorsement of Google Nexus One smartphone and move masses out of iPhone?
Check out this eWeek article: http://www.eweek.com/c/a/Mobile-and-Wireless/10-Reasons-Why-the-Linux-Community-Could-Influence-iPhone-Sales-124461/
This could get interesting if the Linux community increases adoption of Apple's user interface design principles...
Good discussion in Technewsworld on adoption of Linux based Netbooks (32%), the predicted surge in 2010 with ARM based Netbooks which will run ONLY Linux...http://www.technewsworld.com/story/68922.htmlhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CnzvtfGnGtI
'Death of the Desktop'
On desktops, "people still feel they need lots of local power and storage, even though their CPUs idle and they never back up their stuff," blogger
Robert Pogson told LinuxInsider.
However, "experience with netbooks will kill off the desktop within
a few years," Pogson predicted. "It makes little sense unless you need
all those drives, noise, heat, space and burning money. Those who
really need power will use a thin client connected to a server cluster."
Looking ahead, "expect GNU/Linux
to do just as well on notebooks as it did on netbooks," he added. "2009
was the year of GNU/Linux on the desktop as far as I am concerned. 2010
could well mark the death of the desktop and overweight notebooks."
IBM announced IBM Client for Smart Work in USA.http://finance.yahoo.com/news/IBM-and-Canonical-Launch-prnews-3147748713.html?x=0&.v=1Key messages:
1. low cost Microsoft desktop alternative
- opportunity for business/governments to free up significant money in IT budget that can self fund mission critical initiatives
2. options include
- Lotus Symphony and LotusLive iNotes/Connections on Ubuntu on Netbooks
- Lotus Symphony, Lotus Notes/iNotes, Lotus Connections, Lotus Sametime, on Ubuntu / Red Hat on desktops/laptops
- options to add Virtual linux desktops using VERDE from Virtual Bridges
- use IBM BPM modeling tool and SOA services offered by IBM/Business Partners
- IBM Global Technology Services End User Services, IBM/Canonical Business Partner services
3. Community in Lotus Greenhouse for IBM Academic Initiative faculty members
"The IBM Client for Smart Work offers university faculty,
administration and students a Linux-based unified communication,
collaboration and information exchange platform that potentially will
facilitate sought after campus synergies," said Jeffrey A. Lasky,
Professor and Chair, Department of Information Sciences and
Technologies, GCCIS, Rochester Institute of Technology.
"Canonical is proud to partner with IBM to help open up the American
corporate desktop through Ubuntu," said Mark Shuttleworth, founder of
Ubuntu and CEO of Canonical. "IBM's smart client package running on
Ubuntu will allow U.S. organizations the financial freedom to
redistribute the costs of expensive software licenses into IT projects
that will innovate and drive critical growth."
"If a company is a 'Windows shop,' at some point it will need to
evaluate the significant costs of migrating its base to Microsoft's
next desktop," said Bob Picciano, General Manager, IBM Lotus Software.
"American businesses have asked for a compelling alternative that can
help them free up PC expenses to use for more strategic collaboration
and business transformation projects."
For example, the IBM Client for Smart Work can equip the members of
a company's marketing, sales and research departments with the means to
quickly and efficiently collaborate. Business process modeling (BPM)
can show workflows between sales and marketing, but very little between
sales and research or marketing and research. Based on expertise
residing in those functions and informal networks discovered through
modeling, a company could find powerful insights from research playing
an important role in sales and marketing efforts. It may turn out that
an expert in R&D might be a company's greatest resource for
marketing content, but this expertise has to be identified and shared
in order to provide the highest value to the organization. Through
online communities on LotusLive.com, this kind of insight can be tapped
as needed for the benefit of an entire organization.
can use the IBM BPM suite components such as WebSphere Dynamic Process
Edition as required. Business leaders and business analysts can
discover and explore business-relevant content to help them understand,
experience, and accelerate business process management using IBM BPM
Windows 7 sparklers?
Oh well... Check it out. No surprises but good facts on why you want to consider alternatives to Windows 7...http://reviews.zdnet.co.uk/software/os/0,1000001098,39828572-1,00.htm
And security holes?
"UAC was neutered too much by Microsoft," argued Chester Wisniewski, a
senior security advisory with Sophos, talking about Windows' Users
Account Control (UAC), the security feature Microsoft debuted with
Vista.http://www.infoworld.com/d/windows/windows-7-more-vulnerable-malware-vista-says-researcher-891?source=IFWNLE_nlt_daily_2009-11-04How about Office 2010?
Infoworld says: Clunky, Slow!! and obviously expensive...http://www.infoworld.com/d/windows/why-i-hate-microsoft-office-2010-586?source=IFWNLE_nlt_daily_2009-11-17
So why not IBM Client for Smart Work
Interesting survey results in Italy (translated):
Open Office: over 50% of companies use it
|Written by Redazione MG News |
"The more that the pain could fasting" said the Count Ugolino in his Divine Comedy.
"More than the doubts, could cut the budget" - they say the computer
more and more decisively the Veneto are adopting open source Open Office suite.
In fact, according to a survey conducted on the premises of the Club Bit of Unindustria Treviso, now more than 50% of companies adopted a package of office productivity that goes into direct competition with Microsoft Office.
The main reason is obviously that you save the cost of licenses, which mean for companies with 100 or more employees tens of thousands per year.
It 'also true that by now have mostly been allayed the
concerns relating to Open Office and that the problems were mainly
technical assistance. Many companies are now able to care about the package. Anyway, companies can also easily make do with the strength of supporting documentation, and specific groups online.
Among other significant results of the survey: 63% in the company adopts open source operating systems, the most notable of which is definitely Linux.
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
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.
Value for Customers, Business Partners, ...
Great writeup on the latest Dell mini 10 netbook on Ubuntu:http://blogs.computerworld.com/15289/dell_introduces_best_ubuntu_netbook_ever
"Microsoft has restricted Windows 7 Starter to make sure it's no competition for the more full-featured versions of Windows 7. "
Here is an ASUS Eee PC on LInux: http://www.amazon.com/8-9-Inch-Netbook-Mobile-Processor-Battery/dp/B001AJNA02
Simmbook on Ubuntu: http://simmtronics.com/simmbook.php
And interesting predictions on Netbooks on Linux here: http://www.netbooknews.com/1586/netbook-market-trend-predictions-2010/
Michael Neubarth wrote on Linux vs Windows here: http://www.ciozone.com/index.php?option=com_myblog&show=Is-Linux-Better-Than-Windows-.html&Itemid=713
Open source development process:
Quoting Eric Raymond: "The pattern is simple and compelling. Where we have open-source
software, we have peer review and high reliability. Where we don't,
reliability suffers terribly."
"Microsoft Windows machines are subject to frequent lockups,
generally require rebooting more than once a week, and need periodic
re-installation from scratch to eliminate problems such as registry
creep and DLL conflicts."
Linux systems, on the other hand, "are so stable that many only go offline when brought down for hardware fixes and upgrades."
" Windows and Microsoft Update only do a handful of Microsoft
applications. With Linux, the OS updater application handles software
from other companies too. Huge plus for Linux. Huge."
Reliability: "The biggest and most unwelcome surprise in the survey was that Windows
Server 2003 downtime increased by 25% to nearly 9 hours of per server,
per year downtime compared to the results it achieved in Yankee Group's
2006 Global Server Reliability Survey." - Yankee group 2007-8 survey results.
Linux is superior to Windows in the areas of licensing, flexibility,
command-line control, peer support and community, centralized
application installation, security, cost of ownership, and
interoperability - Jack Wallen 2008 TechRepublic
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.
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"