By Anne Chen  |  Posted 2006-01-16 Print this article Print

In Search of Office Excellence
  • 2003 FN Manufacturing conducts tests with users to determine the viability of making the switch to OpenOffice.org; the company deploys OpenOffice.org 1.0 to shop-floor computers
  • January 2004 FN Manufacturing begins considering the OpenOffice.org suite as a possible replacement for Microsoft Office for all users
  • March 2004 The company conducts a two-day on-site test with eWEEK Labs to determine the potential issues associated with deployments of OpenOffice.org 1.1.1 and Microsoft Office 2003; 18 employees participate
  • November 2004 Ed Benincasa, FN Manufacturings vice president of MIS, prepares a return on investment study that shows the company will save $80,000 by moving desktops from Microsoft Windows and Office to SUSE Linux and OpenOffice.org
  • December 2004 Benincasa upgrades shop-floor systems to OpenOffice.org 1.1.1 and deploys the updated suite to warehouse operations
  • January 2005 FN Manufacturing starts testing OpenOffice.org 2.0 betas
  • October 2005 Existing OpenOffice.org desktops are upgraded to Version 2.0
  • November 2005 Benincasa begins deploying Linux Terminal Services to some areas of the organization, with plans to deploy OpenOffice.org more widely to employees who dont need the advanced features of Microsoft Office
  • December 2005 The company conducts a one-day on-site test of ThinkFree Office 3 Server Edition with eWEEK Labs; 17 employees participate
  • 2006 Benincasa and his IT staff will begin deploying Linux Terminal Services to office workers who are not power users
  • 2007 FN Manufacturing expects to conduct a major client upgrade, with 25 percent of users moving to the next version of Microsoft Office and 75 percent moving to an Office alternative Source: eWEEK Labs reporting
    Senior Writer Anne Chen can be reached at anne_chen@ziffdavis. com.

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    As a senior writer for eWEEK Labs, Anne writes articles pertaining to IT professionals and the best practices for technology implementation. Anne covers the deployment issues and the business drivers related to technologies including databases, wireless, security and network operating systems. Anne joined eWeek in 1999 as a writer for eWeek's eBiz Strategies section before moving over to Labs in 2001. Prior to eWeek, she covered business and technology at the San Jose Mercury News and at the Contra Costa Times.

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