I was reading my comments on my “Why I love Microsoft” Post and was directed to a discussion board where an interesting question was raised:
“One of us, after posting some negative quotes about Microsoft, asked: So I have one question. Why keep buying their products?
To which I replied: Let me answer your question, with a question:
You have an organization of tens, hundreds, or even more individuals.
You need to provide them with (at the least) a spreadsheet, a word-processing, an email, a personal information manager, and a presentation program – along with the “environment” to run them.
These programs must all be able to interact with each other easily (your non-techie employees will be “doing” the bulk of the interacting).
And, in order to be cost effective (the organization is a vocation, not an avocation) these programs need to meet certain standard – they must:
- All must be recognized industry standards;
- All produce data files that can be easily exchanged internally and externally with both individuals known to you, and new to you;
- Have a large enough installed basis so you and your employees can easily obtain help, both on an incident basis and for IT employees to hire;
- And, since much of your employee’s training will be on-the-job, there must be enough books available on all the products to satisfy all levels of technological needs.
You also decide to use no MS products.
With the above as background I then asked: You would then buy what products? ”