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IT Procurement Handbook for SMEs by David Nickson

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ALTERNATIVE STRATEGIES (INCLUDING SaaS)

Although this section is mainly aimed at the ‘S’ end of the market, where money is always tightest, it contains food for thought for anyone buying IT that wants to cut costs. It is actually possible to cut IT costs dramatically if you can step outside the mainstream. By the mainstream we mean the big name suppliers such as Microsoft, Apple, Oracle and so forth.

Sources

For software the jargon words here are: freeware, shareware and openware. These all lead to lower costs than the more conventional sources.

Freeware

Freeware is copyrighted computer software which is made available for use free of charge, for an unlimited time. Authors of freeware often want to ‘give something to the community‘, but also ...

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