IDA: Dutch City of Haarlem Migrates to OpenOffice

“At the Dutch Government’s OSOSS Symposium in Rotterdam [Nov.
4], the city of Haarlem–capital of North Holland–described its
migration of 2000 desktops to OpenOffice.org.

“Earlier this year, the city was faced with an annual bill of
about 500 000 Euro [US$649,000] in licensing fees related to an
upgrade from Microsoft Office 97, which accounted for the majority
of its office productivity software. The city decided to
investigate alternatives, and conducted a detailed
function-per-function study comparing the features of
OpenOffice.org (v1.1) with Microsoft Office 2000 in order to
evaluate alternative upgrade paths…”