Quote: Originally Posted by DeaconFrost
They seem to fear tablets, still cling to a 12 year old OS, and plan on running a desktop OS on a server.
It's not fear, its low budget. Economy here has been in lockdown for a while even before the crisis (absentee politicians) and there is barely enough cash to stay afloat for most smallish companies.
If they needed added security on a server, why would they avoid a server OS?
because the differences between 7 Pro and the server version are minimal (they said "Win server 2008 RT2 is just Windows 7 pro with a facelift"), while costs are higher and there is more fuss to get licences. I'm not talking of server farms of hosting services, just company servers.
Not to disregard the significant amount of servers running some kind of linux.
I also don't quite get their comments about needing to turn everything into an app.
Win8 pro tablets are basically a more portable laptop without a keyboard (but with the same price), so I thought that you were talking of the ARM versions running RT (which are also cheaper).
Also, all jobs that require a portable device are already filled with a ruggedized PDAs that work fine in far worse conditions than what a tablet could withstand. Tablets would not add anything, only costs and risks.
My company upgrades computers every three years.
heh, what they *cough*trash*cough* sell to me and similar shops still has stickers with XP pro licences, and on average was bought in 2006-2007. Laptops are an exception, and I can find anything with just a year or two, but that's because managers want their toys to be bleeding edge even if they won't do more than Office with them.
I get cheap MAK licenses due to our non-profit status.
Hey man, you're cheating.
Although I've seen my share of pirated stuff in companies (some companies with 100+ win 7 workstations and no licence to be found anywhere... a few Server 2008 R2 Datacenter worth around 5000 $ installed on suspicious machines..
), so we can say they even the field with that.
If I closed my mind to new products and only looked backwards, I'd be failing myself and my company.
Wasting resources in useless upgrades is worse, especially if the company isn't swimming in cash. Bulk of the jobs are data insertion-retrieval and office applications from fixed emplacements. They could run Win 2000 and it would be fine.
Designers with some special need often use decrepit Mac tower computers but I've seen second-hand gaming rigs (lol two GTX 270 cards in SLI to run Maya and 3D Max) being pressed into service as well.
Then again, managers change laptop and smartphone every year, use as their personal cars the company-owned SUVs, and ... you get the idea.