I saw this article yesterday titled, "Study: Federal Gov't. Can Save Billions in IT Spending," and feel compelled to comment. The gist of the article is that by switching to open source software, like Linux and OpenOffice.org, the federal government would save billions of dollars in IT costs.
This is one for the "DUH!" category. It is such a "duh" moment for me that I feel like playing "Really" like Seth and Amy do on Saturday Night Live--so I think I will.
I read an article that the federal government could save billions in IT spending by using Linux and other open source software.
Really? Federal Government--you think you can just go saving billions of dollars by using open source software--really? That's shocking because it's only been around for about 20 years. Really.
Really? You think you can do a study exploring the pros and cons of using open source software and discover that the potential savings is $3.7 billion for using open source software, $13.3 billion by using virtualization and $6.6 billion using cloud computing's software as a service (Saas)--really? And how much did you pay for this stroke of genius and in-depth bit of research by MeriTalk.com? Really.
Really? You need a study like this to tell you the obvious--really? Seems to me that you could have gleaned this monumental reality check by READING MY BLOG here at DaniWeb. Really.
Really? Microsoft Federal CTO, Susie Adams would speak out against the use of open source software--though admitting that, in fact, the government can enjoy significant savings by using cloud computing and virtualization. Really.
Really? When, in fact, 99% of all cloud computing vendors use Linux-based virtualization for their cloud-computing solutions--including Amazon.com. Really.
And finally--really? It takes a significant economic disaster for the federal government to start looking for ways to save money? Really? Shouldn't our government do that anyway--to save taxpayer dollars for useful things like building bombs, building prisons and bailing out fiscally irresponsible companies? Really.
Consider this my bid to become the consultant to the federal government to show you how to do make this change--sans Microsoft.