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

"Mark Kent" <mark.kent@xxxxxxxxxxx> wrote in message 
> 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?

They are moving away from thousands of individual spreadsheets to a business 
intelligence tool. Given that here in the USA Cognos TM1 license sells for 
around $3995 per concurrent user it appears that they are primarily driven 
by the functionality of a business intelligence tool rather than trying to 
save a dollar or two.

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