In a world where Open Source is often seen to be the future it’s interesting to see the Automobile Association of New Zealand dropping Open Office in favour of Microsoft’s Office.
It’s interesting cost is not the prime reason yet it’s often quoted as a benefit of open source. In any business the Office software forms the core of many critical systems. It seems the AA would rather have a clear vision for the future of their Office applications and don’t see that for the open source alternative. Perhaps it’s not surprising they consider a “future office road map” important, maps are a core business activity for them!
Not knowing the future of critical business applications is a real risk, and cost, for any business. It’s one reason being involved in beta programs, at the cost of a little time, should be seen as a real benefit. If you know what’s ahead you can choose your path, driving blind can be risky.
Automobile Association dumps Open Office, buys Microsoft for ‘compatibility’ - Computerworld
“Microsoft Office is not cheaper, but it is almost impossible to work out the actual cost of open-source, says CIO”
“It’s about futures, planning and integration.”