Gordon Burgess-Parker wrote:
OK so here's some questions from a business perspective so forgive me if
it comes across as non sugary spice and all things nice :-)
My local Primary school is currently paying large sums to RM and MS
their ICT setup, along with all the restrictive practices that RM seem to
Er Schools don't pay large sums of money for MS software in fact
Educational Software his heavyly discounted, as an example Windows 7
will be available to students at a cost of £30.00 for either Home or Pro
editions. Which is a pretty reasonable price given that everything in
the UK at the minute is £30.
Mobile Phone £30
Virgin Media £30
Given that for Joe Public and businesses the prices will be around £150
for home £220 for Pro and a whopping £230 for ultimate you can see
education gets a nice discount.
I was talking to the Head this morning, and it seems he might be
looking at Open Source as a replacement, particularly as the school is quite
small and doesn't have an actual ICT budget at all.
So that tells me the ICT dept/equipment is very small and doesn't
warrant a budget. How many units are we talking?
What I was thinking was, are there any folks who might be able to
voluntarily come along at some time in the future (I don't know when their
MS licences are up for renewal) to do an evaluation of how, what and when
and how much it might cost and the long-term cost savings?
MS licenses up for renewal? What do you mean?