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LinuxPlanet: Basics for Adopting Linux/Open Source

May 28, 2002, 17:30 (13 Talkback[s])
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"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 applications.

"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..."

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