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In reply to Joseph P Banko's message sent 11/10/97 9:23 AM:
>I also saw a post about some major analysis group like Gartner or
>Peat-Marwick say something to the effect that MIS/IT directors who preached
>NT/Windows were actually performing a "breach of fiduciary responsibility
>to their companies and shareholders"...
>Now where was that address....
The study you refer to was produced by Gistics Inc. and called the "ROI
TechBrief." It was never published on the web, so far as I know, but
discussed by Macweek columnis Henry Knorr at:
"To be specific: Mac-using creative professionals produce $26,441 more in
annual revenue and $14,488 more in net profit for their employers than
Windows users of comparable skill engaged in similar work. New Power Macs
pay for themselves in four and a half months, on average, compared with
about 13 months for Windows NT systems. And over three years, Power Macs
generate more than a sevenfold ROI; for NT, the return is barely double.
"Gistics, a research and consulting company based in San Anselmo, Calif.,
collected its data from 30,226 subjects at more than 10,000 companies via
"random mailings to creative-professional mailing lists, authoring-tool
customers and industry trade associations." In addition, researchers have
for three years collected detailed time sheets from 400 Mac and 400
Windows users in production environments.
"The report finds that total cost of ownership for a Mac is 14 percent
lower than for a Windows system -- an average savings of $2,211 over
three years. But the authors emphasize that cost is only one side of the
ROI equation; the other is the investment's effect on productivity and
"On this point the Gistics data is both fascinating and compelling. The
company found, for example, that Mac-based companies in the industry earn
$12.22 more per hour of labor than companies that rely on Windows.
Mac-using professionals spent far more hours per week -- 19 vs. 13 -- in
actual, billable authoring time; Windows users spent more of their time
tied up in such activities as training, support, data communications and
"The bottom line, according to Gistics: "Deployment of Windows technology
in professional production environments does not maximize profits. Under
many circumstances, prudent managers must come to view Windows deployment
as a breach of fiduciary responsibility."
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