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Education IT Chiefs Debate Open Source

Nov 03, 2008, 17:03 (0 Talkback[s])
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""It's really tough to take [commercial software] systems built for a corporate world and stick them into an education world," said Bradley Wheeler, vice president for IT and CIO at Indiana University, adding that one recent book estimated education globally would spent US$5.5 billion installing ERP, much of it in modifying commercial software to meet institutional needs. "We spend so much money trying to hard fit those things in."

""I don't think there's any reason to believe that we will substantially match our business [with a community-source project] any better than a commercial system," countered Adrian Sannier, university technology officer and professor of computing studies at Arizona State University. "The CIOs of oil companies don't say 'our business is so different from everyone else's, [that] we have to write our own financial applications.' They're doing everything they can to get out of that business.""

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