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Company out to save organizations millions of dollars in IT spendings
Sunday, September 08 2002 @ 03:36 PM CST
Contributed by: Anonymous
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COQUITLAM, BRITISH COLUMBIA, CANADA, September 8, 2002 - Businesses and governments currently spend millions of dollars on proprietary computer software. There is now a complete alternative that is absolutely free, in the form of Open Source software. Digital Infinity Systems Inc. is positioned to help implement this exceptional new cost-cutting alternative, by providing the IT services that organizations will require and depend on.

Open source allows companies and governments to cut their software costs by 90% or more,; says Neeraj Murarka, CEO of Digital Infinity. Most organizations still use proprietary software like Microsoft (MS) Windows and Office. Products like these can be replaced without loss in productivity.

Companies and governments have traditionally been reluctant to use Open Source due to a lack of support from commercial IT providers. Furthermore, even though Open Source is usually free, it is not widely promoted and therefore organizations are unfamiliar with it. Digital Infinity exists specifically to fill this void by supporting and promoting the use of Open Source technology.

There are thousands of high quality software titles available as Open Source, including Linux and OpenOffice. Linux is a popular operating system that can be used to replace MS Windows on a desktop or server. OpenOffice is a suite that can replace MS Office. With MS Windows XP retailing for CND $450 and MS Office XP retailing for CND $800, an Open Source solution would save CDN $1,250 per workstation.

Throughout the world, governments are adopting Open Source. The City of Largo, Florida is using Linux and other Open Source software on almost all its computers. Finland has recently introduced a bill requiring national and local agencies to migrate their computer systems to Linux. Peru has a bill on the table that mandates the use of Open Source software on all government computer systems. Taiwan plans to save nearly US $300 million by switching. Open Source is also being considered for use in governments in Argentina, Austria, China, Denmark, France, Germany, India, Korea, Malaysia, Nepal, Norway, Pakistan, Phillippines, Spain, Sweden, Thailand, U.K., and California.

Many well-known companies are already using Open Source software for their core business activities. cut US $17 million in technology expenses after switching to Linux. Walmart now sells PC's loaded with Linux. Other companies include Disney Animation Studios, Dreamworks, ILM, Pixar, New Zealand's TSB Bank,, and Sherwin Williams. Some of the companies that now provide commercial Linux-based products include IBM, Compaq-HP, Dell, Sun Microsystems, Oracle, Computer Associates, and SAP.

The TCO (Total Cost of Ownership) and ROI (Return on Investment) of Open Source solutions are unprecedented, and cannot be matched by similar proprietary solutions. Organizations don't ever have to spend money on the software, neither initially nor on upgrades. Open source can run on economical low-cost computers, eliminating the need to constantly upgrade hardware. Linux can cut costs by centralizing maintenance to a few servers instead of hundreds of workstations. Because Open Source is less demanding and more stable, support and maintenance costs are minimized. The results are extremely low operating costs and a maximized return on an organization’s computer investments.

Open Source by definition keeps no secrets, making the full program source code publicly available. For this reason, most such software has been translated onto many different computer platforms, such as Intel, Sun, SGI, Motorola, and Macintosh. This contrasts with proprietary software, where the vendor usually dictates the hardware platform requirements. With the ability to run the same Open Source software on most hardware platforms, data interchange formats can be consistent organization-wide. Code availability gives organizations complete freedom to modify and customize the software to suit their needs.

Digital Infinity Systems Inc. is a pioneer of providing Open Source technologies along with installation, conversion, customization, and support services to organizations of all sizes. By combining Open Source software with a customer service oriented attitude, Digital Infinity aims to give organizations tremendous immediate and long-term financial advantages.


Press Contact:
Neeraj Murarka, CEO
Digital Infinity Systems Inc.
(604) 961-1567


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Re: Company out to save organizations millions of dollars in IT spendings
Authored by: michael on Sunday, September 08 2002 @ 04:17 PM CST
Well, its definately a nice press release, but not
being familiar with Digitalinfinity I am not sure
if we want to set a precedent on company news releases being treated like a story.

But it is a good example for us to decide how we
deal with these types of postings
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Re: Re: Company out to save organizations millions of dollars in IT spendings
Authored by: Linegod on Monday, September 09 2002 @ 09:01 AM CST
I could come up with a ''Press Release'' area, that would not automatically be posted to the front page, but still provide a means for Canadian companies to place announcements. The option to post it to the main page would still be there though.

And I corrected the error I made when posting, the whole article no longer is viewable on the main page....
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