[LINK] Re: Miserly Telstra eyes Sun's cheap desktop suite
M. da Cruz
Fri, 20 Sep 2002 11:29:23 +1000
There's also a pretty compelling business cased for a large enterprise
such as Telstra to standardise to RTF - internally and externally - this
would reduce storage (and bandwidth) requirements, ensure legibility of
archived documents and influence both their customers and suppliers -
this could be one of the most significant e-commerce initiatives in
However, such a task isn't trivial. In a time past, I had the
responsibility of selecting the WP package across an enterprise's
desktops. At the time the Vax based All-in-1 (incorporating Email,
Directory, WP, Document Management) was the standard with PCs & Macs
running terminal emulation. With hindsight my decision to go with
MSOffice has been vindicated - however, the choice was on the basis that
compared to Wordperfect, AIME(?) and probably a couple of others it was
the only package, with which, I could create a document and save it
without reading the manual and it was also available on Apple Macs.
There was a lot of discussion about the additional features available in
other packages but my view was that most people would never use these...
anyway. There ofcourse was still the requirement for compatibility with
other users and integration with email - oh how things have changed.
> Telstra is a sufficiently large organisation that it could very easily
> specify an intermediate standard such as RTF in terms of its external
> communication from its business partners. Most (all?) business partners
> would jump through that hoop to win Telstra business!
Marghanita da Cruz
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