RIP ODF?

Discussion in 'NZ Computing' started by Mickey Mouse, Aug 2, 2007.

  1. Mickey Mouse

    Mickey Mouse Guest

    With Massachusetts announcing the inclusion of OOXML as an open standard,
    has IBM and Sun's push for implementation of ODF failed?

    "So the barrier for ODF applications and ODF is twofold. Any implementation
    of ODF must overcome both the barrier of converting Microsoft's legacy
    binary documents to ODF, then be able to integrate with the MS Office-bound
    business processes, without corruption of data.

    The cost and disruption of a rip-out-and-replace migration to ODF at the
    enterprise level is impossibly high. The City of Munich, Germany, for
    example, spent more than $3,500 per seat to migrate from Microsoft Office to
    OpenOffice.org, with most of the expense attributed to file conversion
    expenses and the costs of replacing business process scripts.

    Yet rip out and replace is the only solution ODF vendors offer governments
    with high-fidelity integration and migration requirements."

    http://www.linuxworld.com.au/index.php?id=1800436990
    Mickey Mouse, Aug 2, 2007
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  2. Mickey Mouse

    peterwn Guest

    Mickey Mouse wrote:
    >
    > The cost and disruption of a rip-out-and-replace migration to ODF at the
    > enterprise level is impossibly high. The City of Munich, Germany, for
    > example, spent more than $3,500 per seat to migrate from Microsoft
    > Office to OpenOffice.org, with most of the expense attributed to file
    > conversion expenses and the costs of replacing business process scripts.
    >


    Regardless, this is an expense that may need to be faced in the long term.

    Wellington had a similar problem in the early 1920's. Electricity was
    supplied to customers at 100 volts 80 hertz (with the odd customer
    getting 600 volt DC off the tramways supply). In 1924 State Hydro made
    available power at Khandallah at 11,000 volts 50 hertz.

    The Council was faced with the dilemma of whether to keep going with the
    100 volt 80 hertz system (with the necessary expensive converters), or
    to bite the bullet and convert the whole lot to 230 volts 50 hertz over
    several years. The Council asked the Christchurch Council's electrical
    engineer who said - do it as quick as possible - if you put it off the
    problem will only get bigger.

    The problem in reality would have been far worse than envisaged. The
    Mangahao Power Station was originally considered sufficient to meet
    southern NI until the 1970's, more capacity was needed far earlier.


    Same with the software dilemma facing businesses and agencies today.
    peterwn, Aug 2, 2007
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  3. Re: RIP OOXML?

    In message <46b1b40d$>, peterwn wrote:

    > Regardless, this is an expense that may need to be faced in the long term.


    The closed-source business model isn't very good at dealing with the long
    term. Witness the cul-de-sac that Microsoft has evolved Windows into with
    Vista.
    Lawrence D'Oliveiro, Aug 2, 2007
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