2 Ways for City IT to Save Big

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Resurgent phoenix
Resurgent phoenix  
2/13/2014 9:03:06 PM
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Apps and the cloud
Thank you for this post. At a computer conference I attended a CIO stated he had just finished a ERP installation and would never do it again. The cloud and apps can allow us to be more agile, current, cost effective and efficient. Thanks for putting it in words! I will email this to our CIO.

Simon Hersom
Simon Hersom  
2/9/2014 3:19:56 PM
User Rank Urban Legend
Re: Unnecessary complexity and cost
It's hard for MS to deal with its loss of monopoly. Touch of the Kodaks?

Pablo Valerio
Pablo Valerio  
2/9/2014 1:20:30 PM
User Rank Blogger
Re: Unnecessary complexity and cost
@Simon, thank you for your insight!

You just confirmed my views about the way some softwave companies are still doing business. MS Office and other "standard" applications have enjoyed a long period of being the only choice for most users.

Now with open source and cloud applications things are changing rapidly. But government agencies are slow to adapt.

Maybe the new Microsoft's CEO --coming from the cloud business-- will steer the company in new directions, and they'll start sending sales people in polo shirts and electric cars.

Simon Hersom
Simon Hersom  
2/9/2014 4:26:53 AM
User Rank Urban Legend
Unnecessary complexity and cost
As a former heavy but now occasional user of MS Office since Word 2 when it supplanted WordStar I've watched it add layers of unused complexity while regularly shuffling the menus so that I now find it hard to use. Excel remains the gold standard for power spreadsheet users, but it contains a wealth of poorly understood features that are mantraps for the unwary and can lead to dodgy financial models. Personally I now use Google Apps because it works, it keeps getting better and it's easier. Microsoft does have a cloud product - Office 365 - and is in a pricing war with Google on corporate accounts. It's not obvious how this will end except that inertia and fear of change is MS' main weapon. Technically Google is way ahead, especially for the highly mobile company, because it's built for the Cloud from scratch while MS has lots of legacy issues. MS licensing is very complex, expensive and inflexible. I advise a company with 800 staff of whom maybe 50 really need excel and 50 need Word but all have everything. So we're easing our way out. One of the key indicators for me was that the MS sales team turned up in suits - and the lead salesman had a Bentley Continental GT. Not our culture, not close.

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