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PRNewswire: Windows2000 -- a Money Losing Proposition for Business...According to Serenity Systems

Sep 15, 1999, 14:50 (4 Talkback[s])

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"Serenity Systems, the Texas software startup which earlier this month advised business users to consider being less dependent on Microsoft Windows, elaborated today on the thinking which led to the advice. The two central issues were the vulnerability of the platform and the expense associated with continual upgrades and migrations. Bob St. John of Serenity Systems pointed to a recent study by the Gartner Group which indicated users migrating to Windows2000 will not receive a return on their investment for three years. By which time, according to GG, most users will have upgraded again, failing to ever see the return on the investment. According to St. John, "Accepting the Gartner figure may lead to understating the expense."

"The Gartner study estimated a cost of $3,100 to move users from Windows9X to Windows2000. "But that expense is limited to upgrading the workstation and the justification for Windows2000 is in the network ... so what about the cost of upgrading the back end servers and Active Directory?" asked St. John. "Those expenses need to be pro-rated across the users..."

"St. John reiterated Serenity Systems' advice that businesses develop an IT strategy. "They may need a Plan B, focused on options, alternatives, and costs. This isn't difficult. Our company specializes in Plan Bs which include support for Windows, interest in Linux and Java is growing, OS/2 is selling well, and DOS can still do the job in a number of environments."

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