The following is an excerpt of an interview that was recently conducted:
Interviewer: Mr. Corporate, thank you for agreeing to this interview. First off, I would just like to say that it's great that you have enacted an OSS policy within your corporation.
Mr. Corporate: Yes, it's a policy within our group that we should always be at the forefront of technology. From what I read on the Interweb, Open Source software is definitely on the forefront. Not that "free" stuff, though, mind you.
Interviewer: I note, however, that you haven't actually started any roll-out yet. There is just this talk about migration to OSS.
Mr. Corporate: Absolutely. The problem with being at the forefront of technology is that you often end up with a lot of stuff and you can't just change overnight, you know. For example, why is broadband more widespread in Korea than in the US?
Interviewer: Er, because the Korean government told the telcos to provide the infrastructure or else?
Mr. Corporate: Partially, yes. But it's also because there aren't as many old cables lying around everywhere in Korea as opposed to the US. And old cables are no good for broadband, you know. In other words, the US has legacy issues.
Interviewer: The fact that Korea is smaller than the US also probably had something to do with it, I think.
Mr. Corporate: Of course, of course.
Interviewer: Anyway, when will the migration plan be implemented?
Mr. Corporate: Well, we've got a team of consultants drafting the plan at the moment, but I have seen the PowerPoint of the overview which they gave earlier this month. It should be ready in 6 months or so. They're sending over the Project file with the chart thing soon. That would give the timeline. I told them not to use Project because I don't have the software, you know, and just send an Excel file but my secretary got our IT guy to install Project on her laptop so she'll print it out for me later.
Interviewer: These consultants are experts in OSS, I take it. Who are they?
Mr. Corporate: They are very qualified people.
Interviewer: Qualified in OSS?
Mr. Corporate: Well, they're more BPR and Change Management experts, actually. But that's what you really need to migrate to anything, I believe. Reengineering and change management are key.
Interviewer: So they're not exactly OSS people then?
Mr. Corporate: I heard that they're using something called Firefox to surf the Interweb. It's an OSS Interweb Explorer apparently, so they do have experience in OSS too. But the key part here is change management.
Interviewer: Um, okay. You also made a statement that with this OSS policy and migration plan, your corporation intends to be a leader in the migration to OSS within the country. However, I note that your corporation have also recently procured a considerable amount of licenses for Windows XP and Office. That is a bit of a contradiction, don't you think?
Mr. Corporate: On the contrary. To be a leader in a migration exercise, you have to have a lot of stuff to migrate from. So that is in line with our plans. Besides, we got this letter recently from some Ops Tulen people and our IT guy said that we had to do it.
Interviewer: Yes, I suppose that makes some kind of sense. One last question before we end. Have you tried any OSS applications yourself?
Mr. Corporate: Yes I have. Our IT guy installed this thing called Spybot on my laptop, because all sorts of stuff was popping up when I browse the Interweb. It's very good.
Interviewer: Er, Spybot's not open source.
Mr. Corporte: Well, our consultants say that it is.
Interviewer: Thank you for your time.
Mr. Corporate: No problem.