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From Computerworld: Microsoft-funded report affected decision
A report carried out by Capgemini was the clincher in the decision by the London Borough of Newham to scrap its plans last year to switch to Linux on the desktop. However, the report was funded by Microsoft, an official says.
The man in charge of IT for the Borough, Richard Steel, has been telling the press how the report came about. Microsoft had asked if it might commission the report from Capgemini in response to a report from a UK-based open source consultancy, Netproject, that had been commissioned first and which concluded that a switch to open source would be the best solution.
"We obviously recognise that you could question the independence of a report funded by Microsoft," Steel conceded, adding: "It would be insane to claim otherwise."
According to Capgemini, solving the Borough's IT problems the Microsoft way had the potential to save it US$5.9 million over the next five years, versus a saving of just $2.9 million for the Linux solution.
And analysts wonder why sponsored reports are distrusted by members of the IT industry.