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
Check out this article in Computerworld regarding recent Microsoft SEC filing:http://www.computerworlduk.com/toolbox/open-source/open-source-business/news/index.cfm?RSS&NewsId=16085
1. Canonical (Ubuntu) and RedHat added to the Windows Client competitor list.
2. "Netbooks opened Microsoft to the possibility that some other OS could
get its grip on the desktop, however briefly," said Rob Helm, director
of research for Directions on Microsoft. "Now it's alert to that
possibility going forward."
3. Concerned about OEM partners, HP and Intel supporting Linux on their PCs..
In response to: Benefits of Desktop Linux
right on. Requests to move to Linux alternatives are on the ramp...
and see more postings in my blog
"The IT team originally tried building a new e-commerce system based on a Windows platform, but the solution did not meet Discount Tire’s performance, reliability and stability needs. Additionally, Discount Tire’s use of IBM Lotus Domino Server was a critical aspect of its daily ability to meet business demands. Previously running on Windows, the lack of reliability and consistent downtime of its Lotus software was critically impacting its day-to-day operations.
After extensive testing and load balancing, Discount Tire selected Red Hat Enterprise Linux for its critical systems. Since, the Red Hat Enterprise Linux platform has run Discount Tire’s entire e-commerce operation, as well as numerous internal applications, including its Lotus Domino application" Check out http://www.lotusonredhat.comhttp://investors.redhat.com/releasedetail.cfm?ReleaseID=388456
More proof points on working smarter using Microsoft alternatives...
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
- 71% of respondents indicated cost reduction as their primary driver for adoption.
- 35% stated the ease of securing the desktop was another primary driver
cited the lowering of overheads associated with maintenance and support
in general were factors contributing to the benefit of desktop Linux
- Those with experience of
Linux desktop rollouts are 50% more likely to regard non-technical
users such as general professional users and transaction workers as
primary targets for Linux
- 58% of those with prior experience of a Linux desktop rollout see general professional users as primary targets
- 52% of those with prior experience of a Linux desktop rollout see transaction workers as primary targets.
- 32% of those with prior experience of a Linux desktop rollout see power users as primary targets.
of respondents said usability was the main consideration when
evaluating or selecting a desktop Linux distribution for use in a
announced VERDE 2.0 available with desktop management infrastructure with disconnected use that can harness the local processing power. They already support virtual windows and linux desktops using the VDI connection broker and associated destop management/clustering. They also expanded their partner network by adding 16 additional resellers/systems integrators worldwide (http://vbridges.com/wp/?page_id=181
). They span Germany, France, England, Italy, South Africa, Japan, Indonesia, Mexico and the United States. One of them, Midas network is offering Desktop as a Service offering from Austin, Texas, USA.
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-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."
Well, we have been saying this for a while. And we have seen customer interest and adoption starting to trend in this direction for sure...
Check out this article by Galen Gruman in Infoworld: http://www.computerworld.com/action/article.do?command=viewArticleBasic&taxonomyName=Linux+and+Unix&articleId=9128813&taxonomyId=122&pageNumber=1
"Essentially, desktop Linux makes sense as the desktop OS only for thoseemployees who do common work in Office and Web apps. But that's a lotof people."
"OpenOffice is a sound alternative to Microsoft Office, but I spent most of my time with the free IBM Lotus Symphony
, which is a slightly better productivity suite than OpenOffice
, in the InfoWorld Test Center's evaluation."
"many companies, government agencies, and educational institutions canchuck at least some of them. Those based on XP -- or Windows 2000,which still has a huge installed base in government agencies -- canlook to big savings on licensing, hardware, and training costs."
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
- Develop a Government Open Standards Strategy
- Form a United States Standards Advisory Council drawing upon U.S. standards experts from industry, academia, and non-governmental organizations to advise the OMB, the CTO, the USTR, and the Department of Commerce on federal standards strategy
- Strengthen International Standards Collaboration
- Encourage the Formation of a Global Multi-stakeholder Standards Advocacy Group in which private industry and institutions take the lead in establishing voluntary criteria for what constitutes quality, efficiency, and openness in technical standards-setting processes
Here is the ODF alliance recommendations:http://www.odfalliance.org/blog/index.php/site/obama_odf_open_letter/
- Direct executive departments and agencies to use universallyaccessible document formats as part of the Open Government Directivecalled for by the Executive Order on Transparency and Open Governmentissued by President Obama on January 21, 2009
- Convene an inter-agency working group to create policies andguidelines regarding the use of open standards and universallyacceptable document formats to enhance interoperability
- Review and modify regulations on software procurement and its use toensure adherence to open standards and universally acceptable documentformats
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:http://hotjobs.yahoo.com/career-articles-10_hot_professions_for_2009-633http://www.baselinemag.com/c/a/Careers/10-Hot-IT-Jobs-for-2009/
And as you may know, the Obama campaign used Ubuntu nation wide: http://boredandblogging.com/2008/10/21/obama-ubuntu/
"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.
Check this out...http://tech.yahoo.com/news/pcworld/20090220/tc_pcworld/studyfederalgovtcansavebillionsinitspending
"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."
Reduce costs, lower TCO, <1year ROI?
Here is the Liberate - Migrate - Virtualize
- 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
- 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
- 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
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, ...
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"
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