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Computerworld: Five Things Every IT Manager Should Know About Linux

Feb 20, 2003, 16:00 (4 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Timothy D. Witham)

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"When IT managers ask me if they should use Linux, my response is always the same: 'It depends upon your needs and goals.' This usually leads to a spirited conversation about long-term vs. short-term strategy, return on investment and 'core competencies.'

"In the course of listening to these managers, I've found that the decision to switch comes down to five basic issues. These issues don't apply to every company, but they do apply to the companies that decide to go with Linux.

"1. Linux is a true, disruptive technology. If you haven't read The Innovator's Dilemma by Clayton M. Christensen, I recommend you do so. To shorten a great piece of work, here's an executive summary: Every once in a while a new technology comes along at a lower price point. The hard part for some companies to accept is that, though the new technology isn't significantly better, it's 'good enough' to get the job done. It isn't until new technology gets better that companies realize they could have saved both money and time if they'd only made the switch earlier..."

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