Update: Newham Council Goes to MS... Based on Not-So-Independent Study
Aug 16, 2004, 19:00 (27 Talkback[s])
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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
"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..."
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..."