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[News] Free Software Means Long-term Cost Savings, Shows Study

  • Subject: [News] Free Software Means Long-term Cost Savings, Shows Study
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 16 Dec 2009 11:48:06 +0000
  • Followup-to: comp.os.linux.advocacy
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Open source means cost savings

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| Weâve just published our latest CAOS special 
| report, âClimate Change -User perspectives on 
| the impact of economic conditions on open 
| source software adoption.â The report is based 
| on our recent survey findings among more than 
| 1,700 open source software customers and users, 
| and also offers guidance on calculating cost 
| savings from open source software.



IT, a key business enabler in the downturn

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| As a pioneer in the development and use of Free and Open Source Software
| (FOSS), we are a strong contributor to the Open Source movement, and have
| been utilising Open Source widely to provide our clients with more optimal
| solutions.
| We have a proven track record in contributing to the Open Source R&D,
| including significant contributions to projects such as Apache Web Services,
| OpenBRR, and Sahana Disaster Management project. Our support to projects such
| as Sahana has been part of our sustainability initiatives, which focus on
| making an impact in humanitarian and educational areas thereby helping to
| create a more digitally-inclusive society.
| Internally, we have developed solutions based on Open Source software
| including a custom-built software configuration management solution. We were
| able to save significant costs on licensing fee and acquisition costs, by
| adopting the Open Source software for developing the solution.


Open source: More than just a cheap date

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| It's not surprising that enterprise IT would be looking to lighten its
| software cost burden. Proprietary software vendors derive an ever-growing
| chunk of their revenue from software maintenance fees, a "boondoggle" for
| vendors, according to CMS Watch, which fattens vendor coffers while providing
| minimal value to customers.


Open source software might be cheaper than alternatives, but it has many other
business benefits, too.

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| It is often said that open source software wins because it is cheaper.
| However, the bigger factor in the success of open source software in industry
| has been performance.
| [...]
| Here's our top ten reasons to consider using open source and Linux in your
| business.


CIO Jury returns the wrong verdict on open source

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| The first mistake the jury has made is blame
| any migration costs on the software you're
| moving to, not from. While any software
| migration will use up resources, this is as
| true of moving from one version of a
| proprietary package to another, as it is of
| moving from proprietary to open source. In
| bringing this argument up, the jury is
| admitting they've been caught by the
| proprietary software trap â exit costs.

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