[LINK] RTA buys OpenSource solution
dlochrin at dot.net.au
Mon Jun 28 10:17:25 EST 2004
>From Slattery's Watch this Monday, http://www.slatteryit.com.au
NSW Govt agency turns to open source for e-mail system
The NSW Roads and Traffic Authority has turned to an open source solution for its e-mail and calendaring system in the biggest roll-out of software based on open standards so far undertaken within the NSW State Government. The big winner in the deal is Sun Microsystems, which will implement Java System Messaging and Calendar services for 1500 RTA users at 120 offices. Sun will also provide the StarOffice suite of software for word processing, spreadsheets, and presentations, and the Mozilla browser for access to the e-mail and calendar services.
The systems will be supported by 12 Sun servers running the Linux operating system.
The big loser from the deal is Microsoft, which previously provided the Exchange software used by RTA staff for e-mail and calendaring.
The main driver of the systems switch was escalating software and maintenance costs. The RTA expects to reduce desktop and server costs by at least 20 per cent with the migration to Suns open source-based Sun Java System Messaging Server and StarOffice, claimed Greg Carvouni, chief information officer at the RTA. Savings of up to A$2 million per annum could be realised when the implementation of this technology is extended to connect up to half of the RTAs 7000 desktops in the next few years.
+61 2 9363 1094
For PGP public key, send mail
to: pgp-public-keys at keys.pgp.net
subject: GET David Lochrin
More information about the Link