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Computerworld: Tech Pros Take 'Soft' Approach in Workplace

Mar 08, 2007, 19:00 (2 Talkback[s])

"Repeated efforts at Nationwide Mutual Insurance Co. to try Linux on the mainframe faced internal opposition, some of it from IT employees worried that a mainframe-based server consolidation would be a threat to their jobs. They 'fought tooth and nail to keep it from happening,' said James Vincent, a mainframe systems engineering consultant at Nationwide.

"But their resistance taught Vincent a lesson that he put to use after the Linux project was finally approved in 2005. Part of Vincent's job involved working with the employees who had feared the project, including IT staffers who worked on Unix systems..."

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