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Update: Newham Council Goes to MS... Based on Not-So-Independent Study

Aug 16, 2004, 19:00 (27 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Cliff Saran, Lucy Sherriff)

ComputerWeekly: Newham: Staying With Microsoft Is '68% Cheaper Than Open Source'

"Newham Borough Council has revealed that staying with Microsoft software is 68% cheaper than open source systems, according to an independent study.

"The results emerged from the high-profile trial held by the London council that compared the costs and benefits of existing Microsoft software against open source technologies..."

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The Register: Newham and Microsoft Sign 10-yr Deal

"One of the deciding factors for Newham in appointing Microsoft as its strategic partner was an IT audit and analysis carried out by CapGemini. Although CapGemini makes a big noise about being independent from Microsoft, the study was indeed funded by the software firm . One of the main conclusions of its research was that as well as being cheaper than OSS, Microsoft is more secure than the open source alternative.

"It takes a lot to raise a laugh at an IT press gig, but this news tickled the spot for the journalists at today's press conference in London..."

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