The Business value of Linux - Oxymoron or Opportunity?

Tuesday 8 March 2005

7.00pm (Coffee from 6.30pm in HC 032) open to non-members, free, requires no booking

Richard Moore, IBM Advanced Linux Response Team - Linux Technology Centre

Southampton Institute, Herbert Collins Building, HC 024

One of the more frequently cited reasons for migrating to Linux is the promise of reduced total cost of ownership (TCO).

However, this is not necessarily to be enjoyed automatically and certainly does not accrue from its being free. TCO derives from a set of interacting characteristics, which need to be understood and exploited before reduction in TCO can result. For an operating system to be viable as a business proposition it must be supported, maintained and adaptable to changing business needs doesn't satisfying this contradict the promise of reduced cost? This talk discusses these issues and how Linux differs fundamentally from those of proprietary operating systems in general.

Richard graduated in pure mathematics from the University of Kingston upon Hull. He joined IBM in 1984 as a Networking Systems Programmer. His entire career has been devoted to problem determination and developing PD techniques. He has worked in a wide range of operating system environments including MVS and OS/2. Under OS/2 he co-authored the OS/2 Debugging Handbooks and was responsible for adding enhanced tracing and dumping capabilities. He now works in IBM's Linux Technology Centre as an engineer with special interest in RAS. He had been the project lead for Dynamic Probes, and Flexible Dump and Error Logging and now works as a (Customer) consulting S/W Engineer with the Advance Linux Response Team.

Richard is a member of IBM's UK Academy Affiliate and IT Specialist Certification Board. Externally, he is an active member of USENIX, IEE, IEEE, BCS and the British Mathematical Association professional organisations. Richard is a keen musician (bassoonist) and a keen entomologist and member of various bodies connected with both pursuits.