Money is tight and the government of Canada plans to cut jobs and services to reduce expenses. Some details:
- They now have 100 different e-mail services.
- They have 300 data-centres.
- They have 3000 networks.
- They spend $5billion per annum on IT.
The plan is to create Shared Services Canada which will provide a single e-mail system and about 20 consolidated data-centres. They plan to spend about $2billion on the new Shared Services with about 8000 IT staff working under one department. The hope is that they can save $200-$300 million that way. I can see where consolidating data-centres is a huge savings but there are capital costs so the return on investment takes some time to realize. Consolidating e-mail systems should be pretty quick. They can save $thousands per system likely if they have the networks already in place. I hope they give GNU/Linux on thin clients a good look. The ROI is very prompt that way. An outfit the size of GofC probably spends tens of $millions on PC replenishment annually. GNU/Linux thin clients could save them 50% or more and the target they have is 10% savings. Done right, I can see huge savings with this plan in a year or two. We shall see. We told them about the advantages of FLOSS last year. Let’s hope they listened.