[ILUG] Interesting article
pj.wall at itcarlow.ie
Thu Apr 28 15:41:13 IST 2005
Niall O Broin wrote:
> On 28 Apr 2005, at 15:21, PJ Wall wrote:
>> Yep, I have no problems agreeing with you Niall, but I'm currently
>> researching a thesis in this area at the moment, and that is exactly
>> what a number of organisations are telling me.
>> We all have to remember that some decision makers in organisations
>> may not be aware of Open Source. I agree with you that this is NOT
>> an insurmountable obstacle as you say, but I also firmly believe that
>> it IS a pretty big one.
>> The incentives to go OSS are greatly diminished if a "critical" app
>> is not Windows compatible. Getting a similar app written can be
>> expensive and time consuming, and there are no guarantees that the
>> same functionality will be delivered. We all know about the
>> "software crisis" right?
>> All I'm saying I suppose is that I think organisations with limited
>> IT budgets (not to mention ROI considerations) are willing to put up
>> with all the expense, poor reliability, and hassle that proprietary
>> software brings, if the alternative is a switch to OSS that involves
>> uncertanty and writing new software from scratch.
> IMO what's happening here, in a lot of cases, is that Linux is gaining
> a lot of visibility, and senior people in organisations are musing
> "Hmm - maybe we could use that". They ask the question of their IT
> people who in many cases are diehard MS users and they seek something
> to reinforce their position so they say "We can't move to Linux
> because the XYZZY application is not Linux compatible" and as far as
> they're concerned, the monkey is off their back.
> Any organisation deploying IT solutions should be evaluating those
> solutions on a cost/benefit analysis basis, taking all factors into
> account. If they were to consider a switch to Linux, one of those
> factors would be say staff training costs, which for admin. staff
> might be quite high. However, it's an awful lot easier to simply say
> mention the XYZZY factor as above, and stay where you are, than to do
> a reasoned cost benefit analysis.
> Never underestimate the power of inertia as a determinant of human
Well said... I could not agree more.
This is a very accurate representation of what I am finding as I
continue researching this.
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