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Microsoft U.K. government staff suggested replacing Microsoft Corp. operating systems on computers with free alternatives in response to a call for ideas for Prime Minister David Cameron's cost-cutting drive.
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RE[4]: Not likely
by Laurence on Mon 12th Jul 2010 07:22 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Not likely"
Laurence
Member since:
2007-03-26


These costs are the same kind of costs as you have when upgrading to a newer version of MS Office or Windows. And the retraining is grossly overestimated in regard to non-technical staff. Actually it is much cheaper to retrain non-technical staff to OpenOffice from Office2003 than it is to retrain the non-technical staff to Office2007 from Office2003.

What's happening at our organisation is they've frozen non-essential upgrades.
So users who are running Office 2003 on XP will not be upgraded to Office 2007+ and/or Win7 unless their job critically depends upon it.

This has a three-fold effect:
* it reduces costs in having to buy new licences for newer software,
* reduces the need for hardware upgrades (to keep up with the increasing footprints of newer software)
* and reduces the need for training (as few people are upgrading and those who do, are more less likely to need new training as they've specifically requested for the upgrade)

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RE[5]: Not likely
by kaiwai on Mon 12th Jul 2010 22:22 in reply to "RE[4]: Not likely"
kaiwai Member since:
2005-07-06

What's happening at our organisation is they've frozen non-essential upgrades.
So users who are running Office 2003 on XP will not be upgraded to Office 2007+ and/or Win7 unless their job critically depends upon it.

This has a three-fold effect:
* it reduces costs in having to buy new licences for newer software,
* reduces the need for hardware upgrades (to keep up with the increasing footprints of newer software)
* and reduces the need for training (as few people are upgrading and those who do, are more less likely to need new training as they've specifically requested for the upgrade)


Unfortunately there are idiots who run businesses who don't see software and hardware investment in the same way they see investing in smoozing with customers, sales rep cars etc. as being critical. It is truly amazing how in an organisation the productivity drops like a stone but they'll focus on upgrading everything else in the organisation except for the software and hardware. It is time for business owners to wake up and actually realise that just because the customer can't see it doesn't mean that such investments are useless - the investment is but one component in a larger machinery and understanding how a minor change can bring improvements in productivity is paramount to ensuring that your company stays on the cutting edge of competitiveness.

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