Just out of curiosity, is anyone exploring open source and/or freeware
as a means to reduce annual software expenditures? For example, dropping
a Microsoft site license in favor of OpenOffice (or StarOffice), or
Linux desktops instead of Win2K/XP?
Obviously the above moves are rife with deep rooted end-user politics
and religion, but from a purely budgetary perspective it could represent
a significant savings.
Director of Systems, Security, Networking
Montclair State University
Theresa Rowe wrote:
> How about sharing what you are cutting - maybe we can collect ideas.
> We are cutting remote dial-up access for students.
> We firmed up our charge-back model for 800/global services.
> We eliminated our one front-line move/add/change telecom support position.
> We improved our email environment and are moving to email notice of
> web-based student bills, registration course schedule books and other
> important communications (no printing/mailing).
> We are rebidding our hardware support contract.
> We are limiting our network traffic with our ISP.
> Working on:
> We are trying to change to a long term commitment on our enterprise license
> to reduce the annual percentage increase.
> We are reevaluating the future of general purpose computing labs.
> We are evaluating the licenses and support model for math and stats
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