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June 14, 2007

Specsavers opens eyes to open source

by @ 4:06 pm. Filed under Linux migrations

Another great migration story comes to us this time from Specsavers, a chain of opticians. They are migrating a third of their systems to Linux.

Excerpt:

“Specsavers, the retail chain of opticians, is putting the finishing touches to an IT refit of its UK operation that has seen it move a third of its applications to open source software.”

“The group is making the same transition across all eight countries in which it operates in order to save money and hassle. Key to the move is the adoption of open standards so it can avoid being trapped into using any single vendor’s software.”

“Michel Khan, IT director for the Specsavers Group, said it had already saved a ‘mid-quartile’ six figure sum from licence fees alone and another ‘lower quartile’ six figure sum from the operational benefits of wresting control back from proprietary vendors.”

Read the whole story here.

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