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Consulting Times: Linux in Global Consulting Practices, Joining the Rest of the World

Nov 24, 1999, 21:00 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Tom Adelstein)

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"Global consulting firms tend to lag the rest of the population in the adoption of new products and services. Rationalizations for staying in the slow lane include the need to wait until a technology has proven itself. In the case of Linux, this could prove costlier than in previous times. Ignoring Linux and the Open Source model could have repercussions similar to Jericho for Globals firms such as IGS, EDS, Andersen, Cap Gemini et al."

"In several recent analysts' meetings, including those with Gaskin's IPO Desktop and RadioWallStreet, the subject of Linux and the large consulting firms has come up several times. Some very well-known analysts see the global firms stepping in when and if the market is ripe. Those of us more familiar with Linux might take issue with that notion, but only out of emotion, not out of traditional business logic."

"In order for global consulting firms to start Linux practices, they have to answer some fundamental questions. Let's take a look at some of them."

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