“Whatever computer hardware was built in the last twenty years, Munich is running it and the central IT department has to support it.”
See Munich now a major contributor to open sourceTunnel vision is the phenomenon where a person’s focus tightens up and combined with a discard of a wider view helps a person deal with a crisis, like a bear going after the kids, say. Well, Munich had a crisis when NT was killed and they had to replace it. They did a lot of the right things:
- chucking M$ to the maximum extent possible,
- choosing GNU/Linux,
- actively supporting FLOSS projects such as LibreOffice, giving back to the community that shares the load making the software Munich uses,
- rationalizing their huge fleet of applications, and
- partially centralizing control of IT.
Munich may have put out the fire but they still are far from optimal in IT. There’s no reason at all they have to support 20-year-old computers. Such things can be replaced rather readily in today’s market with savings in energy-consumption, size, space, noise, dust,… Why spend a lot on labour to maintain obsolete technology far past its “best before” date? It’s not as if they are just getting full value out of previous expenditures nor keeping junk out of the landfill. Ten years’ support does that very well. Twenty years is just silly. 20 years ago, I was using a ‘486, for pity’s sake.
If they really wanted to get full value for expenditures on IT, they would be using cheap fanless thin clients almost exclusively. If they can’t rely on their network between buildings, they could at least replace most IT in each building by a few good terminal servers. That would give much better efficiency and ease of maintenance. Instead they persist copying some but not all of their previous mistakes, putting an abundance of resources in each idling PC in the building. Oh well…