“The switch by the Italian region of Umbria to the free and open source office suite LibreOffice is one of ten award winners at this year’s Forum PA conference on 30 May. "Its achievements include the realisation of significant cost savings, increasing the efficiency of document management and, by using open document formats, ensuring interoperability", Forum PA announced.”
see Award for Italy's Umbria region's switch to LibreOffice.
see also, LibreUmbria
My experience in schools was similar. It is foolish to throw tons of money at M$ for an office suite when one can use LibreOffice for little more than the effort of installation. In knowledge businesses like education, an office suite may be one of the basic tools of communication, collaboration and presentation. So many organizations are locked into M$’s web-browser or office suite when there are plenty of good alternatives. Without that lock-in there is no need for M$’s OS so the savings resulting from migration are compounded. Governments can more easily migrate to GNU/Linux when there’s no use of M$’s office suite or browser. Then there is proper support of open standards which M$ lacked for many years creating a backlog of garbage that burdens governments with being slaves of M$ forever. That’s not silly. That’s wrong.