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Free Software Magazine: Convincing Management to Approve Free Software

Feb 11, 2006, 09:00 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Maria Winslow)

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"The grassroots efforts of system administrators have brought Linux and other free software into the mainstream. To be an effective advocate for free software at work, you need to speak the language of management and convince them from their point of view. This article discusses how to present your case, why your audience makes all the difference, how to hook them with proof of cost savings, and reveals two secret weapons for your quest to promote free software.

"This article explains why bashing Microsoft won't help you in your case, which migration recommendations will seem the most practical and feasible to management, and how to present those recommendations in terms that management will respond to. It talks about how your goals are different from those of management, and how to adjust your approach accordingly. Finally, it demystifies return on investment (ROI) and shows how you can put together simple calculations to back up your case..."

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