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The OpenOffice productivity suite offers a free alternative to Microsoft Office or other commercial productivity suites. It supports the usual suspects: Documents, spreadsheets, presentations, databases, and so forth. Draker uses OpenOffice in its Austin, Texas, branch -- but Microsoft Office in its Burlington, Vt., headquarters. Thorpe noted it can be wise to consider individual or departmental use cases when deciding what to install on employee machines. It might reduce headaches and grumbling to give Microsoft Excel to hardcore spreadsheet jockeys, for instance, while reserving OpenOffice for less intensive users. "[Doing so] works better for everyone all around," he said.
InformationWeek Elite 100Our data shows these innovators using digital technology in two key areas: providing better products and cutting costs. Almost half of them expect to introduce a new IT-led product this year, and 46% are using technology to make business processes more efficient.
The UC Infrastructure TrapWorries about subpar networks tanking unified communications programs could be valid: Thirty-one percent of respondents have rolled capabilities out to less than 10% of users vs. 21% delivering UC to 76% or more. Is low uptake a result of strained infrastructures delivering poor performance?
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