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Re: [News] [Rival] Microsoft Excel Dumped by Large British Charity

Sarah Connor <sarah_connor@xxxxxxxxxxxx> espoused:
> "Mark Kent" <mark.kent@xxxxxxxxxxx> wrote in message 
> news:c24e15-7kn.ln1@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
>> TONY TROMBOLI <tman@xxxxxxxxx> espoused:
>>> "Roy Schestowitz" <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote in message
>>> news:8432394.jW7BQ4jmJL@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
>>>> UK children's charity says goodbye to Excel
>>>> ,----[ Quote ]
>>>> | Cognos TM1 will house the charity's budgeting and financial planning
>>>> data
>>>> | currently held on 2,000 Excel spreadsheets.
>>>> `----
>>>> http://www.computerbusinessreview.com/article_news.asp?guid=98CC4FA6-BE3D-487F-B5C2-CAAE1489A516
>>>> It wasn't doing the maths correctly anyway.
>>>> Additionally, Microsoft, being the greedy corporating always in need to
>>>> inflate
>>>> revenue and please investors, suddenly ceased to give Office to UK
>>>> charities.
>>>> That happened months ago. Their data is now locked in and Microsoft
>>>> demands
>>>> big money. It's all somewhere in The Register... Microsoft 'helped'
>>>> charities... getting 'addicted' (locked in)... later it came to 
>>>> 'collect'
>>>> (references below).
>>> Yeah right. They will switch to Cognos TM1 which is a more expensive,
>>> proprietary solution that's even more closed than Excel. (Why didn't they
>>> switch to OpenOffice?) The fact is they are switching to a larger more
>>> "centralized" solution. Instead of having dozens/hundreds of individual
>>> spreadsheets they are switching to a centralized system. It likely has
>>> nothing to do with their unhappiness of Excel. It has everything to do 
>>> with
>>> needing a solution that scales better for larger deployments.
>> Since Excel had been free of charge, and was then going to be charged
>> for, the customer considers all the options.
>> Naturally, they were moving away from Excel.  Why wouldn't you?

Looks fishy to me... votes?

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