Social Business transformation
Interesting analysis on why America needs to innovate, quickly : http://www.minyanville.com/articles/economy-innovatation-jobs-unemployment-graduates-PhDs-students-xerox-microsoft-bell+labs-ibm/index/a/26717/from/yahoo
"The future of America is presently in peril, not just because of the shadowy ways of the "banksters," but because of a sputtering innovation engine that's had the fuel choked off"...
And this article in New York Times by Dick Brass who was a Microsoft VP around 2004: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/02/04/opinion/04brass.html on Microsoft's creative distruction:
"But the much more important question is why Microsoft, America’s most famous and prosperous technology company, no longer brings us the future"...
"No one in his right mind should wish Microsoft failure. And yet it is failing, even as it reports record earnings."
"Microsoft has become a clumsy, uncompetitive innovator. Its products are lampooned, often unfairly but sometimes with good reason."
"Microsoft is no longer considered the cool or cutting-edge place to work. There has been a steady exit of its best and brightest."
This is quite an interesting list -- top 10 security/quality issues Microsoft should address asap -- per eWeek
"The corporate world is unsure just how well it can trust Microsoft's Windows 7. Windows Vista was a nightmare that most companies didn't adopt. Internet Explorer is in the news, thanks to a security breach. And Windows Mobile is still the also-ran in the market..."
"Microsoft's security woes are troublesome. Not only is Windows not nearly as secure as users would like, but Internet Explorer is causing trouble for users as well. "
"A quick glance around many of the markets where Microsoft operates reveals a staggering issue: the competition is innovating far more rapidly than Microsoft. "
"Microsoft's strategies have focused mainly on the short term. The future of software is, at least by most accounts, centered on the Web. And yet, as the most important software company in the industry, Microsoft is lagging behind the Web software innovators. That's a major blunder"
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What is the difference between IBM Cloud and Microsoft/HP Cloud?
- innovations around proven market leading IBM software and hardware capabilities
- Microsoft customers are moving to IBM Cloud - example Panasonic adopting LotusLive
- They recently agreed to agree with a claim of $250M in the next 3 years
- Microsoft customers are moving to IBM Cloud
Stay tuned for more news on this...
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.
Short and sweet top 10 list of issues with Windows 7:
To net it out...
1. Too much of a learning curve
2. Upgrade challenged from XP (forget it), from Vista (recent study had 30% of responders having issues)
5. Not value for Enterprise
6. Starter edition a non starter
7. search needs to get better
8. little online integration
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This Wall Street Journal article says it all, almost all:
Big week for Smartbook vendors... running Android, Ubuntu, etc.. at the Las Vegas Consumer Electronics Show
Lower price, higher profit margin for vendors...
NO Windows, NO Office,
YES Linux, YES Lotus Symphony, ...
Why almost all?
What they missed is that about 32% of Netbooks are also shipping with Linux...
Stop selling Microsoft Word by Jan 11th 2010.
Pay $290M to i4i
Says U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit to Microsoft today, Dec 22nd 2009!
"The company will be allowed to provide technical support to Word customers, but it will be barred from instructing users on how to use the custom XML editor or from marketing copies of Word that allegedly violate the patent."
Customers do have a choice. Switch to Lotus Symphony, adopt IBM Client for Smart Work..
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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...
'Death of the Desktop'
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."
Check out this USA Today print article:
Meanwhile, most U.S. businesses skipped upgrading to Windows Vista after it was introduced in 2007, and stuck with Windows XP. To use Windows 7, most will need to buy new computers. IBM this week launched a marketing blitz touting big savings to be had by switching to Linux.
"Organizations are facing change either way they go," says Sheri McLeish, business software analyst at Forrester Research. "Linux and Symphony are more mature technologies today and can be a viable alternative."
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I am sure that our US Federal Government CIO and CTO are exploring this...
How much can US Army and Department of Defense save if they move from proprietary to open solutions for email and collaboration needs. Try doing some simple math! the implications are quite profound..
Even if you take a very conservative estimate, you are looking at atleast around US$1B savings!!
You would wonder than why RFIs like this are floating around?
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"As a result of a bug in a Google Apps e-mail migration tool, some students at Brown University found other students' e-mail in their in-box over the weekend as Google was moving their e-mail from Exchange to Gmail, Google confirmed on Friday." reports CNet: http://news.cnet.com/8301-27080_3-10356803-245.html?part=rss&subj=news&tag=2547-1009_3-0-20
Is GAPE enterprise ready? Looks like many are moving out of Microsoft Exchange...
"Coca-Cola and IBM retained their spots as the world's two most valuable brands."
"Coca-Cola's brand value rose 3 percent in 2009 to $68.73 billion, while IBM's gained 2 percent to $60.21 billion."
"Microsoft's brand value fell 4 percent to $56.64 billion to take third"
Dejavu? Vista days? Now its Windows 7.
So this time:
"Microsoft assembled a package of patents “relating to open source” and put them up for sale to patent trolls"...
"Open Invention Network, working with its members and the Linux Foundation, pulled off a coup, managing to acquire some of the very patents that seem to have been at the heart of recent Microsoft FUD campaigns against Linux." - See Jim Zemlin's article:
AND this training of Linux vs Windows 7 for Best Buy employees (see my previous blog entry on this)..
"Inaccurate statements include the assertion that Linux vendors offer no authorized support, and that iPod or video chat support is not available on Linux. One particularly laughable statement is that Linux is not as secure as Windows 7."
All of this, after acknowledging their worries of Linux - Canonical, Red Hat as well as Netbooks in their SEC filing...
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US Bank, is getting their 58,000 users upgrade to the latest Lotus Notes Domino 8.5. Moreover, this bank, who had more than 5000 siloed Sharepoint sites, is adopting Lotus Quickr and Lotus Connections software in addition to Lotus Sametime that is already in use. Working smarter together...
See details here: http://www-03.ibm.com/press/us/en/pressrelease/28400.wss
"Our industry has undergone unprecedented changes over the last year, and that serves as great example of why it's so important for U.S. Bank's employees to be able to use technology to communicate and collaborate efficiently," said Mark Dickelman, senior vice president, innovation, research and development for U.S. Bank. "Keeping up with economic developments and policy changes and the need to quickly communicate while innovating for growth would be nearly impossible with traditional methods, and that's why Lotus collaboration software will continue to be incredibly useful to us, especially as we continue to solidify our company's position as a leader in the financial services industry."
Makes lots of sense, given the recent TCO math (see my previous blog entries) that shows a reduction in TCO by more than 37% if you adopt IBM Lotus collaboration software rather than Microsoft sharepoint, and office communications server.
Upgrade from Windows XP to 7 64bit? No. Think twice.
Migrate from Windows XP to 7 64bit? Well that is the right thinking, but lots of issues...
- Sure, you have to reinstall all applications, save data externally and then copy back after installing the OS
- Watch out for missing device drivers
- Watch out for application incompatibility
- Not just that it is not available/wont work in Windows 7 but it doesnt support 64bit hardware
Recent articles include http://www.eweek.com/c/a/Windows/Windows-7s-64bit-Troubles-568358/
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Many of you may remember this tool from Binarytree: http://www.ibm.com/developerworks/lotus/documentation/d-ls-dominoexchange/index.html
Sure they do the other way too. But looks like this way is getting hot: from Exchange to Domino...
Why not.. See how the math works here: http://www-01.ibm.com/software/lotus/offer/roi-calculator.html
a Project Liberate proof point: Directions on Microsoft analyst says customers are not renewing Microsoft Enterprise Agreements
Check this out:
A new report by Directions on Microsoft analysts Paul DeGroot and Rob Horwitz called "5 Reasons Why Microsoft Licensing Is Hard" claims that Microsoft licensing isn't likely to get any easier any time soon..."
Microsoft doesn't think there's a problem," report co-writer DeGroot said in an interview Wednesday. "The money keeps rolling in ... Microsoft looks at the numbers and the reality is that most customers don't have a choice."
And despite Microsoft's rosy view of things, he said that some enterprise customers have chosen not to renew their contracts this year because "the customer doesn't understand the value of what they bought or how they bought it," DeGroot said."
Check out http://www.ibm.com/software/info/liberate for ways to free up money.
Try this TCO Calculator to see how much money you can save: http://www-01.ibm.com/software/lotus/offer/roi-calculator.html
"Microsoft has traditionally not embraced the concept of VDI. For the longest time it was actually a technical violation of the Windows desktop license agreement to use Windows for VDI. Then when Microsoft finally changed that policy, they did so by creating a license called "VECD" (for Vista Enterprise Centralized Desktop) which is a new license that's required in addition to your Vista Enterprise license. .. Oh yeah, VECD is only available if you have Software Assurance. ..
Microsoft created a new license bundle called the "Microsoft Virtual Desktop Infrastructure Suite," which, like most Microsoft products, is available in multiple editions. This suite is not a new product, but rather a hodge-podge bundle of most of the different things you'll need to start using Microsoft's VDI platform. ... The problem is that the "suite" is just a sort of random collection of various products that aren't really related. ..."
The Microsoft VDI Suite starts at $21 per user, per year.,
and more here: http://vbridges.com/wp/?page_id=61
You can drive a bus through some of Windows 7 holes, says Andrew Gracia - the eWeek Signalling IT blogger
"Honestly, it's hard to take Microsoft seriously about the security of its products when you can drive a bus through some of their holes"
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Oh oh.. Must Read
"Under Microsoft's planned enterprise licensing rules, businesses that buy PCs before April 23, 2010, with Windows 7 preinstalled can downgrade them to Windows XP, then later upgrade them to Windows 7 when they're ready to migrate their users. But PCs bought on or after April 23 can only be downgraded to Vista -- which is of no help for XP-based organizations, Silver notes -- and could cause major headaches and add more costs to the Windows 7 migration effort."
"Both Forrester Research and Gartner advise clients to wait 12 to 18 months after Windows 7 ships before adopting the new OS, so they can test compatibility of their hardware and software, as well as ensure their vendors' Windows 7 support meets their needs. But Microsoft's six-month downgrade restriction for XP means that the businesses that chose not to install Vista have to rush the migration process. Or they can spend extra money and enroll in Microsoft's Software Assurance program, which then lets them install any OS version at the price of the extra yearly fee (about $90) per PC."
IT needs to work through several other issues when figuring out its Windows 7 migration strategy, Silver points out.
Go liberate (http://www.ibm.com/software/info/liberate), and then figure out alternative migration and virtualization strategies (http://www.ibm.com/lotus/openclient)...
Interesting study by CRN -- kind of a bakeoff between the latest and greatest, almost :-)
Evaluation criteria included installation and deployment, interoperability and customization, feature set, performance and pricing.
The winner is IBM Lotus Notes and Domino...
It is the Business Partners turn now:
Facing waning demand for Microsoft products and growing interest in Linux, in the first five months of 2009 more than 1,000 Microsoft Business Partners have signed up to sell IBM's Lotus Foundations: http://finance.yahoo.com/news/200-Microsoft-Partners-Per-prnews-15441784.html?.v=1
In addition, some Microsoft partners have expressed disenchantment with Microsoft's new strategy of battling Linux encroachment in the SMB market by offering a skeletal version of Windows Server.
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Check out this announcement:
Driven 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 The Hartford,
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New Zealand government has decided NOT to renew their Microsoft Enterprise Agreement.
See the government notification: http://www.ssc.govt.nz/display/document.asp?DocID=7212 and the
news from TheRegister: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2009/05/26/microsoft_new_zealand/
"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)
Check out Project Liberate: http://www.ibm.com/software/info/liberate for more details on how you can save money by NOT renewing/signing Microsoft Enterprise Agreements.
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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
Key statistics in the report (ftp://ftp.software.ibm.com/linux/pdfs/Freeform_Dynamics-Desktop_Linux.pdf) here:
Meanwhile IBM also announced Gruppo Amodori moving from Microsoft Exchange/Offce/Windows to the IBM Open Collaboration Client Solution on RedHat (http://www.lotusonredhat.com; http://www.ibm.com/lotus/openclient) -- http://www-03.ibm.com/press/us/en/pressrelease/27561.wss
"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."
Network World reports from Microsoft TechEd: http://www.networkworld.com/news/2009/051409-microsoft-teched.html?page=2
"At TechEd, keynote presenter Bill Veghte, senior vice president for the Windows business, said companies testing Vista should stop and move to testing Windows 7. The same advice was repeated for users who have not yet moved to Exchange 2007; they were told to skip it and wait for 2010."
I like the guidance. So dear customer. Don't upgrade now. Keep paying every year on the Microsoft Enterprise Agreement. And when 2010 comes, hopefully in 2010, then spend lot more money again, and hopefully upgrade...
Yet another reason for Customers to NOT renew Microsoft Enterprise Agreement and consider Microsoft alternatives.
Why did MLB switch out of Microsoft Silverlight - to stream games to its 500,000 subscribers?
"First, baseball wanted Microsoft to make it possible for users todownload Silverlight without having to possess administrative rights.When people are at work, it's often the company that possesses thoserights and employees would need authorization to download the player.That frustrated plenty of MLB.com subscribers, according to the sources."
"The other major issue was that baseball considered Silverlight toounstable. There were some high-profile glitches, including last year'sopening day, which saw many MLB.com subscribers struggling to log inand others who were unable to watch games. The malfunctions lastedseveral days."
Germany fined Microsoft $11.9M for pressing a retailer to sell Microsoft Office for a certain price: http://www.computerworld.com/action/article.do?command=printArticleBasic&taxonomyName=Windows&articleId=9131265&taxonomyId=125
"Microsoft said in a statement that it doesn't agree with theBundeskartellamt's decision, but it chose to pay the fine rather thanenter a long legal dispute."[Read More]
"Today a jury found that Microsoft infringed on Uniloc patents for product activation"
"The jury applied the $388 million back to Oct. 1, 2003, around the timeof the case's filing. Microsoft can ask the court to dismiss theverdict, and there is option to appeal. But none of that escapes theirony of Microsoft being found guilty of stealing, so to speak,technology meant to prevent people from stealing its software"
Did you receive this email highlighting how some additional software can address some of the SharePoint gaps?
"However, when these teams aren’t functioning because they can’taccess data or critical applications like SharePoint, your businessrisks losing money at an alarming rate"
"Unfortunately, that information sharing has caused anunprecedented number of attacks from both inside and outside thecorporate network. With the growing emphasis on regulatory compliancerequirements, the need to place strict security measures on thepermissions within SharePoint has grown.
The fact that even non-technical users can manage their ownpermissions in SharePoint leads to further complexity. And unorganizedpermission assignments and a lack of centralized control over theenforcement of company policy require the need for extensive managementand analysis of SharePoint permissions to ensure a secure andconsistent implementation.
ScriptLogic's Security Explorer for SharePoint centralizes the management of SharePoint security" ...
I get it. partners upselling their products. but what does this do to the TCO of a SharePoint deployment?
Good catch by Joe Wilcox, yet again....
countering a Microsoft blog post by Brandon Leblanc claiming 96% windows penetration in netbook market:
As Joe points out:
"About 80 percent of netbook volumes are going into Western Europe,according to IDC. The tiny portables are huge there, with for all ofEMEA (Europe Middle East and Africa) netbooks accounting for 30 percentof all consumer portable sales.
The point: The Americas and Asia account for the other 20percent of mini-notebook sales. That 96-percent Windows represents asmall portion of the global netbook market"I thought Linux had around 30% of the Netbooks market. Maybe its more?
Check this out.
Continental AG moved 40,000 Microsoft Outlook/Exchange users (recent acquisition of Siemens VDO) in 4 months to IBM Lotus Notes/Domino and also acquired Lotus Quickr and Lotus Sametime software for team collaboration and Unified Communications. This brings their total users on IBM Lotus software to more than 77,000.
Thereasons for choosing IBM over Microsoft included lower licensingandoperating costs as well as greater platform independence.
Interesting read -- looks tad old -- on Microsoft point of view - guidance to partners - on IBM competitive positioning...
The debate continues on this topic of Cloud Manifesto and Open Standards, with this article from Joe Wilcox - Microsoft Watch: http://www.microsoft-watch.com/content/web_services_browser/cloud_manifesto_is_microsoft_afraid_of_rain.html
"Microsoft doesn't get enough credit for advancing Web standards. But the standards usually come on terms favorable to Microsoft."
"GigaOM's Stacey Higginbotham: It's ironic that Microsoft is whining about openstandards, especially given its own history with proprietary fileformats."
Well, regardless of rain or snow, lets make sure these clouds remain open, and not closed...
Dont want proprietary rain or snow
This is an interesting read from Darryl: Microsoft concerned about the Cloud Manifesto, calling foul and requesting for open standards...
Martin, Ramji, etc have their points, maybe there is a change in the air
but if so we want to see it way beyond the cloud, i guess
beyond the bits and pieces around php, eclipse, ....
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Interesting interview with Craig Mundie, Microsoft's Chief Research and Strategy Officer in the CIO magazine
"The next thing that will emerge is an architecture that allows theapplication developer to think of the cloud plus the clientarchitecturally as a single thing. In a sense, it is like client/severcomputing in the enterprise. It was the homogeneity that existedbetween some of the facilities at the server and the client end thatallowed people to build those applications. We've never had that kindof architectural homogeneity in this cloud-plus-client orInternet-plus-smart-devices world, and I'm predicting that will be thenext big thing."
Indeed... Check out http://www.ibm.com/lotus/openclient and http://vbridges.com/wp/ and even http://desktone.com/ and http://www-935.ibm.com/services/us/index.wss/offering/eus/a1026737
"The idea of electronic medical records is uninteresting? Yes, in theway that people have historically talked about them. In fact, thisAmalga product that we've been building and deploying really movesbeyond the idea that you need a prior, specified medical record. Itjust ingests all of the historical medical information, synthesizesmetadata, flattens it out and creates a new abstraction for dealingwith all for the medical information."
Well, check out the IBM 3d patient record software in Denmark: http://www.reuters.com/article/technologyNews/idUSTRE5294X720090310 and a first of a kind electronic health record exchange with MedVirginia and Social Security Administration in USA here: http://finance.yahoo.com/news/IBM-MedVirginia-and-Social-iw-14697133.html
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Recently eweek's Joe Wilcox blogged about Microsoft's 10 unlucky and lucky breaks. Here are some interesting facts from these articles:
1. "Enterprise Vista
2. "Microsoft records Software Assurance sales as unearned revenue, whichis realized on an ongoing basis. During the average quarter, about 25percent to 35 percent of Microsoft revenue comes from unearned revenue.Microsoft recognized $6.3 billion in unearned revenue during fiscal2009 second quarter; total revenue was more than $16 billion."
And of course recently Microsoft announced price discounts for MS EA... like around 25%. Go figure? Also find out what happens to software ownership if you dont renew?
Are you sharepoint challenged?
There is a surge in sharepoint challenged projects and people...
See this posting from Mike Gotta: http://mikeg.typepad.com/perceptions/2009/03/circling-around-to-enterprise-20-again.html
"Are there issues with SharePoint? Yes, absolutely. The user experienceis not great. The functionality I expect in discussion forum islacking, or requires customization. The blogging capability is perhapsthe poorest of any enterprise product out there. The wiki is really nota wiki. The implementation of RSS rather than Atom was a stunningmistake. There's no tag/bookmark capability and the social networkingcapability is mediocre. SharePoint requires customization - feworganizations succeed at an enterprise-level with SharePoint withoutsignificant investments to customize the platform."
What about you?
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."
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
Check these out:
And then the alternatives...
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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.
Value for Customers, Business Partners, ...
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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]
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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
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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".