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ZDNet UK: How to Introduce Linux Into the Enterprise

Jul 11, 2003, 13:00 (4 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Carl Weinschenk)

"With its connection to IBM, Linux has been making significant inroads into the enterprise. While there are still questions about its support infrastructure and other deployment issues, the feeling among CIOs is that Linux can be counted on in large-scale deployments, especially in applications that demand extremely fast number crunching. However, Linux proponents at the CIO level must be politically savvy (and technically skilled) when introducing Linux into the enterprise. The reality is that Linux--and other open-source approaches--operate under a microscope. The executives looking through the microscope in many cases will be non-technical CEOs or CFOs who are sceptical about trusting vital applications to the open-source model.

"If open-source advocates are not prepared, that scepticism could become a problem. CIOs should remember that CFOs and CEOs don't care about operating systems, nor do they have an emotional investment in the open-source model. They care about reliability and cost. "The thing about evangelists is that they often get martyred and burned at the stake," said one high-level IT executive who wished to remain anonymous. Let's take a look at where Linux stands today and at the measures you can take to implement it if you feel your organisation could benefit..."

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