This CIO article shows another vision that I have been telling people all these years. Businesses can save 80%-90% of software licensing cost by switching to open source software (OSS).
OSS not only costs less but also is easy to maintain and use. I have been seeing people using Microsoft Access, Excel, and other commercial software to manage their businesses by requiring trained professionals and requiring a lot of time to develop the support they need. To me, these are waste of time and money. I could use OSS with less cost and 60%-70% of reduced solution delivery time.
Another ridiculous joke is about SQL server. I see a lot of job ads looking for SQL server administrators and developers. SQL server is a pretty bad database server in terms of its limited SQL function support and very complicated installation and maintenance. It is just because Microsoft simply gives the software almost free to schools and public organizations so they have to stick to SQL server with no obvious reason and without realizing the tremendous challenge to install and use it.
So far, the only Microsoft technology better than OSS includes Microsoft Project and its contribution to OLAP. You can find better solutions from OSS for the rest of your IT needs.
The only thing I ask my company to do differently from Virgin America is to either make donation to OSS community or to go ahead to invest on the commercial version of OSS. Those commercial vendors in terms also make donation or even are part of the OSS community. This is the right thing to do and to help the OSS to grow. So, I would encourage people to do the same.