LinuxPlanet: Basics for Adopting Linux/Open Source
May 28, 2002, 17:30 (13 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Brian Proffitt)
"The successful approach to endorsing Linux use in a company is
to make the case in terms that the decision-makers and
purse-holders will understand, i.e., financial benefits.
"The standard approach to presenting this kind of information.
is digging through the Internet and pulling out as many Total Cost
of Ownership (TCO) studies that you can find and present them as
evidence, making sure to contrast them with the upcoming Software
Assurance licensing changes that will take effect for Microsoft
"This paper version of 'Scared Straight' may shake the managers
out of their Microsoft comfort zone (if it hasn't already) and make
them more receptive to listening to alternative ideas, but don't
expect it to do all the work for you. You may want to suggest
trying a test bed solution for Linux/OSS adoption with one team or
department in your company first, so the real benefits can be seen
with managements' own eyes..."