This is what IDC is telling governments about managing the costs of IT.
see IDC Government Insights Launches IT Assessment Framework to Evaluate Cost Optimization in the Public Sector – prIT23643412.
I would go much further:
- Reducing IT waste is the easy one. Do away with all unnecessary applications for one thing. Munich found 15% of its applications were unnecessary in that the task did not need to be done or other applications could do the task.
- Munich found only 10% of its applications needed to be run on that other OS on client PCs.
- 30% of Munich’s applications could run natively on GNU/Linux and 25% could run as web applications.
- Do the maths. What would you save by eliminating 90% of your headaches in IT?
I recommend governments use Debian GNU/Linux as the default platform for clients and servers and use that other OS only for narrowly defined special uses.
I disagree with IDC on only one thing in their article. One can cut spending on IT by 50% or more and get improved performance by switching to thin clients and terminal servers for the default client. 80-90% of clients in most organizations can be thin. That’s one thing Munich got wrong too, but they had a lot of political headwind just swapping client OS…