I just read this little news release about the Sydney Diocese of the Anglican Church moving away from Windows and Microsoft to open source solutions. Very interesting! What really causes my eye was this:
Office will be the first to go. Lymbers had two alternatives for replacing Microsoft Office: OpenOffice and IBM’s Lotus Symphony, based on OpenOffice source code. He decided to go with the IBM solution, on security and support grounds.
The fact that he went with Lotus Symphony over OpenOffice is more interesting to me than the fact that he is leaving Microsoft Office for OpenOffice. Why? Because IBM is a household name, while OpenOffice is most certainly not.
I wonder how many more consumers, small businesses, and enterprises would be more open to the OpenOffice journey if they were able to go along for the ride with IBM? Lotus Symphony is OpenOffice+, from what I have seen, so you get the benefit of OpenOffice and open source and the name of IBM.
Plus, you have the option of getting support from IBM.
And that is a major selling point.
And read this little ditty:
Organizations which Lymbers’ services — including schools, youth groups and aged care villages — will be able to go onto the Web, and click on an icon which is via thin client that will open an open-source Word. “They can open it up and it’s totally safe and secure,” Lymbers said.
Death of the Desktop you say?