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Computer Weekly: Users take first steps to resistance

Jun 21, 2001, 23:12 (4 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Antony Adshead)

[ Thanks to Wol for this link. ]

The leading IT organizations in the United Kingdom are banding together to fight monopolistic software companies -- including a large one from Redmond -- by creating their own metrics for measuring the worth of software and by encouraging alternatives, including open-source software:

Later this month Tif [The Infrastructure Forum] will launch its member benchmarking scheme, which will enable users to get together and compare business IT metrics in a way that is defined by the users rather than by consultants or software suppliers."

"The move is small but may prove significant. It could be the beginning of a movement which sees corporate IT users reclaim territory lost to software houses, which they increasingly perceive as imposing unrealistic upgrade cycles and disadvantageous licence arrangements on business...."

"[Tif director David] Roberts suggests sidestepping the problem by using open source to escape overbearing software suppliers. 'Collectively, our users want alternatives. Some suppliers are in danger of finding that alternatives will be created,' he warned."

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