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[vox] Re: [roselug] Ideas?????

Thanks Verbus.

On a related note, this Gartner report (noted on Slashdot)
suggests dumping IIS in favor of Apache or iPlanet:


What to do?  Educating the public is what it's all about.
I'd like to see something like "press contact" as an elected
position in the LUGs....

-- Rod

From:  "Verbus M. Counts" <verbus@roseville-asp.com>
Date:  Thu, September 27, 2001 12:53 pm
To:  roselug@yahoogroups.com

> 09/26/2001 - Updated 10:01 PM ET
> Costs of Microsoft upgrades increase
> By Michelle Kessler, USA TODAY
> SAN FRANCISCO ? Many companies that use Microsoft software will have to pay more to
> upgrade it, and they're not happy about it.
> Most firms will see costs rise 33% to 107%, research firm Gartner says. A company
> with 5,000 desktops will see its 3-year upgrade cost for Microsoft Office, for
> instance, jump from about $900,000 to $1.5 million, it says.
> "There are a lot of (angry) chief information officers out there," says Steven
> Steinbrecher, CIO for California's Contra Costa County. His 3-year costs will jump to
> $651 per desktop from $335.
> The new program launches Monday, but Microsoft is giving many companies until Feb. 28
> to sign up. If they don't, they will no longer be able to buy upgrades.
> Costs are going up because Microsoft will no longer allow corporate customers to buy
> software upgrades at a volume discount whenever they choose. Instead, firms will
> receive upgrades when they are released, whether they want them or not.
> Microsoft says the changes will make upgrading more simple and that they were made at
> the request of customers. It claims only 20% of customers will see price increases,
> 50% will pay the same and 30% will save money. Companies who upgrade a lot will save
> the most, it says.
> But David Roberts, CEO of the British trade group Infrastructure Forum, expects
> average increases of 94%. The Forum, which represents 98 firms, has asked the British
> government to investigate the increases.
> The problem, critics say, is that Microsoft's software is so dominant that customers
> have no choice but to pay the higher fees. The software giant is being called an
> "evil empire, despots ? I can't even repeat what the Europeans are saying," says Giga
> Information Group analyst Rob Enderle.
> Steinbrecher says most of Contra Costa County's agencies expect to stick with their
> old software rather than pay more.
> Analysts expect non-profits and small firms to be hardest hit. Habitat for Humanity,
> which builds houses for poor people, could have its technology budget wiped out by
> the increases, says Teresa Pudi, vice president of information services.
> Some firms also say they don't want to upgrade every time Microsoft kicks out new
> versions of everything from Office to Windows. The "disruption to our business" would
> be great, says Rod Hamilton, CIO of Hygeia. The Toronto-based travel health insurance
> firm, which is still figuring out how its costs will change, recently upgraded to
> Windows 2000. It took several weeks.
> Habitat for Humanity is considering the free Linux operating system. But because
> Microsoft is so dominant, it will be difficult for firms to switch. Windows runs 92%
> of PCs. Its Office software has better than a 90% market share, Gartner says.
> # # #
> What can RoseLUG do??????????
> Regards,
> Verbus

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