[ubuntu-uk] Leaflets [long reply]
Mark at ascentium.co.uk
Wed May 9 15:54:49 BST 2007
Chris Rowson wrote:
> Hey Nik,
> I don't dispute savings in the SME arena mate. But I'm more interested
> in the processes by which large, corporate and public sector
> organisations can save money.
> I work in public sector IT, and I feel somewhat like I'm banging my
> head against a brick wall trying to introduce OSS into my workplace.
> I've had some small triumphs, but the noose of MS hangs tight around
> the necks of most corporate IT directors unfortunately....
Tell me about it :-)
I found that the strategy that worked for me was to get in the "back
Start with "heavy infrastructure" things like:
- Proxy servers
- Mail relays
- DNS servers
... then move to web servers (which is actually quite a big deal if
you've already got an ASP site)
... then email servers... (a bigger deal again)
... then the desktop (I've found that a Firefox..... then OpenOffice.org
... then Thunderbird.... then .... ooh, a Linux desktop, not a Windows
one) works better that "big bang".
The problem you're up against is that, in a large organisation, the
software licence costs are typically no more than 10-15% of the IT
budget... and that the (current) "transfer costs" of switching to a new
set of support staff / providers can far outweigh the (future) license
savings.... unless you can hit them at a point where they were about to
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