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Reaping the benefits of Open Source
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| Similarly, a study done by IIM Ahmedabad found that the Government of Delhi
| would save almost 80 percent by switching to OpenOffice.org. One important
| reason for suggesting the switch to Open Office was its support for the Open
| Document Format, an open standard for office documents, ensuring that
| needless upgrades of office suites and the underlying hardware would not be
| forced upon them. The usage of open standards also helped the Government of
| Delhi avoid vendor lock-in, which invariably reduces negotiation capabilities
| of the customer and thus contributes to a higher price tag.
Yes to Open Source, No to SaaS: Which IT Alternatives Will You Adopt?
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| Open source software is the most accepted among five IT alternatives --
| already in use by 42% of those surveyed -- while cloud computing is at the
| bleeding-edge -- in use by 14% of respondents. What's a bit surprising,
| however, is that software as a service (SaaS) is on more "not likely to
| consider" lists (49%) than is the cloud (47%). These are just a few of the
| findings of our "Attitudes and Priorities" survey, which is based on
| interviews with more than 300 readers with responsibility for enterprise IT
EU report on FLOSS: "FLOSS saves money"
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