I was chatting with a fellow dev the other day and he told me about one of the jobs he had had.
The client had worked out their Ms Office licence fees were x thousand per year. They estimated that to get everything working in Open Office would cost about x thousand (including recoding all the VBA as Star basic).
So they paid this guy the same x to do the work over a period of months and have paid nothing for office suite licensing since.
I find that very interesting for several reasons.
- Payback in 12 months is a good return
- The figures were 10’s of thousands of pounds so they must have had a significant investment in MS Office.
- I still don’t see why these projects seem to be so rare.
- Is this a future opportunity?
- In a few more releases the VBA would probably have worked in OOo.
- I’m watching IEs marketshare plummet, watching the strange things happening in MS Office, and wondering if OOo can do what Firefox has?
I know whenever we discuss this, very few people see any signs of migration. If you do see any evidence then let us know, even if its to Google etc.