Reference Site Visits, the Evidence

Yesterday I was editing a document for a project in which we’re helping an organization select its ERP system. The document covered practical reasons that the organization’s selection steering committee should take part in reference site visits. In other words (and this is a regular practice our company recommends) while evaluating the right system, the people that are responsible for overseeing its selection ought to visit real customer sites that have already implemented the system. (I suggested the auth … Continue Reading →

Are Co-ops the Ideal FOSS Business Structure?

Free and open source software is a community affair. One would think it might be a perfect fit for a cooperative type of business entity. Businesses surviving and growing in virtue of FOSS ecosystems develop some interesting business models–the support and services model for example (though becoming increasingly common) relies on the collaborative efforts of, sometimes huge, communities of people as a basis for its existance. Another model that I once thought was pretty innovative came from Transgaming Technolog … Continue Reading →

Life, Staring Storage

Can we clearly see it all from one spot? In a Wired column, Momus, discusses his pursuit of the absense of western-style storage living. He mentions a typical Tokyo apartment style, in which the center of the room is relatively sparse (object-wise) but the outer edges contain the information-storage of the inhabitants–things like closets of clothes, dishes, etc. The western style on the other hand, I suppose is more likely to be arranged such that objects are placed throughout the living space and the center of … 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 →

A Real Year of the Linux Desktop–What’s Needed

They said it at LinuxWorld in Toronto a few months ago. They’ve buzzed it at analysts, and now the press is saying it to the public. Novell says this is the year of the Linux desktop, and I’m familiar with evidence showing gains in popularity for Linux. Yet, I disagree that this is the year. Nothing is happening this year to make it, specifically, the year of the Linux desktop and I’m going to hypothesize what could change that. To me, there’s no contest, GNU/Linux systems have been offering mo … 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 →

Net Neutrality and Future Legacies

I’d like to comment quickly on the net neutrality issue. The Web thus far is a system–that from the beginning–essentially anyone could access in a like manner. A few companies have a strong interest in changing that though, in making, what I understand, are something like tiers of accessibility. Considering the life and social changes that have taken place as provoked by the new sorts of creative innovation the Web has fostered, I think changes limiting Net interoperation are incredibly bad ideas. A … Continue Reading →

PeopleSoft Nuisance in North Dakota

A Computerworld article covers some of the problems (and ends with a few happier notes) about a PeopleSoft (Oracle) ERP implementation taking place in ND’s government and education sectors. Although the state agencies sound generally satisfied, the article focuses on North Dakota University System’s unhapiness with the unexpected massive cost and time overruns for getting their system implemented. Why did they underestimate the costs, which ballooned from the extra time required for the (still) incomplete … 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 →