Would Gov’t Procurement Process Neglect FOSS?

The Canadian Association for Open Source (Clue) published a thought provoking letter to an ITBusiness.ca article today. The Clue letter says that “…What is needed is for the government to separate the pricing and procurement of the source product from the various value-add services…” which is an interesting reflection for current musings about Public Works and Government Services Canada’s proposed potential changes to government procurement processes. It’s certainly feasible to eval … Continue Reading →

Bias and Time

This is about consulting-in-the-world. :-) (excuse my weak, philosophy in-joke) Paul Murphy posted a thought-provoking piece concerning consulting bias (plus), called Corporate loyalties and the temporal disconnect. He calls attention to the idea that people cannot really claim to be unbiased. We are wise to disclose bias so that we know how to deal with it and how it affects the decisions we make. I understood Murphy’s point to address more of the way people compare, for example, a product now with their experi … Continue Reading →

Company Acquisition is Customer Acquisition

A lucid read from AMR Research (I found this by way of The ERP Graveyard), which nicely discusses issues involved in enterprise software consolidation. I’m linking to this because I just mentioned in my previous post, the notion that the Infors (Golden Gate Capitals) of the world may be buying all the enterprise software vendors they can in order to accumulate maintenance customers and thus the revenue from those customers. In some ways this may help the customers and AMR lists the reasons but there are also man … Continue Reading →

What’s Going on with SMB Linux Accounting?

WebCPA published an overview of some of the issues involved in Linux and open source deployments for the SMB crowd. It mostly focuses on some of the financial packages available, mentioning companies like ACCPAC/Sage, Open Systems, and InsynQ as offering their solutions for a Linux platform. The article, while providing what I thought was a pretty wide-ranging overview, seemed blurry on a few points though (noting, for example, that there would soon be Macs able to run Linux natively–actually that’s been p … Continue Reading →

Linux TCO with Eyes Open

IBM published an overview of two recent Linux TCO studies. One of the studies was done by the Robert Frances Group and the other by a group called Pund-IT Inc. Unlike another recent attention-getting study, these found the cost results were in Linux’s favour. I haven’t seen the actual studies so I don’t know much about the methodology they used but it seems one was done by surveying twenty companies regarding their application servers, while the other was an in-depth review of three specfic companies … Continue Reading →

About the Evaluation Layer for Open Source Services

I just read Alex Fletcher’s first piece of the Open Source Software Bedrock. He delineates three layers, namely, evaluation, adoption, and integration. Evaluation is what the other layers get stacked upon and altogether these make what he’s described as a supporting foundation for the policies, practices, and standards of the software’s life cycle. It seems to me that a guiding phenomenon inspiring the article is how FOSS changes the traditional selection/purchase process. Fletcher states: “The … Continue Reading →

Sides of Subverting Open Source

Martin Schneider at The 451 Group commented on whether the collective “we” can be too jaded regarding some proprietary vendors’ apparent embrace of open source methods. This was in response to a piece by Dave Rosenberg and Matt Asay about subverting open source for sake of certain marketing purposes. Rosenberg and Asay essentially say that Microsoft and SAP have a well-known history of speaking out against Free and open source software (FOSS) and concepts. Certainly, Microsoft and SAP have put effort … Continue Reading →

Blog News Feed Versus Newsletter Usage

The Wall Street Journal Online has a short and slightly thought-provoking interview with Jakob Nielsen concerning newsfeeds and blogging. I think the news feed reader is taking the place of both some browsing activity and some e-mail activity. People ought to be viewing blogging and news feeds not as the “extreme edge” mentioned in the interview but rather a notable shift in the way people discover and retrieve information from web sites. Lee Gomes (the interviewer) asked why Nielsen prefers an e-mail news … Continue Reading →

Verifying an RFI

Today, I had a conversation with a consulting firm that works with TEC‘s decision support tools and knowledge bases (KBs) on enterprise software. In this case, they were engaged in an ERP selection project. The consulting firm was asking me about the data accuracy (in our KB) regarding the functionality of some of the vendors they’d shortlisted. TEC researches and provides immense amounts of information on software products so it is an incredibly tricky task for us to ensure that the data is accurate and t … Continue Reading →

On the Subject of Learning, Tools for LMS Purchasers

Niall at NetDimensions Insights wrote up two nice pieces pointing out a few ways that people seeking a learning management system can use low-cost tools to compare the different offerings out there. He mentioned both the Brandon Hall feature comparison document as well as the LMS RFI templates that Technology Evaluation Centers offers–this is what caught my attention. Niall comments that Use of this template does not mean that you do not need to perform a thorough analysis of your organization’s learning m … Continue Reading →