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Many companies rely on MS Office, especially when people have only MS skills. This offering from ARC will reduce the barrier of entry and make it easier for companies to reduce their MS costs. Going the Linux/OpenOffice route is an option, but the learning curve can be steep for non-IT employees...When you get OpenOffice and Google Docs for free, I can't see why you would bother paying for something you can get absolutely free.
The learning curve of OpenOffice for most users SME/Home is only in the mind. I've switched more than one user to both OpenOffice and Linux without them realising there was much of a difference.Many companies rely on MS Office, especially when people have only MS skills. This offering from ARC will reduce the barrier of entry and make it easier for companies to reduce their MS costs. Going the Linux/OpenOffice route is an option, but the learning curve can be steep for non-IT employees...
It's not called OpenOffice any more but LibreOfficeI work with a lot of clients who have given up on paying for Microsoft Office and switched to OpenOffice or Google Apps. No biggy, even the most clueless of users finds it easy to transfer their MS skills over to OpenOffice. Even my mom uses OpenOffice these days without any problems! And this is all OpenOffice for Windows.
what total bollocks.“An average customer saves 42%. We work out our numbers based on a 36-month period, the typical gap between new versions of Office, and a five-user business will save about R220 000 and a 100 user organization over R2 million,” says Steve Briggs, CEO of ARC Telecoms.
Very true and even though I'm out of the retail industry, I do believe nothing has changed for volume licences. Then again, the cost per user to maintain a single user on even a scale your talking about, can be way more than the R150 per user for the online.what total bollocks.
Unless those figures include hardware, OS and the top end office products with software assurance and insta upgrade on day of release, I don't see how he gets anywhere near those figures. I did a 50 users open licence with Office 2007; a mix of proffesional and Std, and it came in at way under R100k. Even if I had upgrade to Office 2010 I'd still be in at under R200 on 50 users, unless the office 2010 has more then doubled in price since 2007.
OK, I think too many people are missing the point here. I'm no MS fanboi but I will come to the defense of this product. The real saving is that this is user and not seat licenced.
The advantages for this (and all the other online SAAS products):
1) It makes remote working more reliable. Now a user can work in his office, go to another office (remote/same building) and continue working. Makes life way more productive.
2) Companies only purchase when they need it
3) Theft !!!!! No need to worry about lost software and also your data as these products encourage users to save online. When a company gets its PCs stolen, the biggest problems and financial costs is recovery of data.
4) Immediate upgrades to latest versions and quicker bug fixes. This equals to less downtown and more productivity.
So the real saving is beyond just a basic multiplication sum. And this applies to all similar products.
You use Total Cost to mean only the purchase price, but that's not the way it's used in business. For anyone who runs a business there's are a lot more costs to running systems than just buying the stuff. No brainer.Total cost of OpenOffice = R0
Total cost of Google Apps Standard Edition = R0