Subject: Intel: $200m (was Re: Reuters: Amazon saves 25%...)
From: "Karsten M. Self" <>
Date: Wed, 31 Oct 2001 15:45:24 -0800
Wed, 31 Oct 2001 15:45:24 -0800
on Tue, Oct 30, 2001 at 06:12:10PM -0800, Karsten M. Self ( wrote:

Similar story, this time Intel and $200,000,000 savings attributed,
though few details provided.  Laptop comments are interesting -- perhaps
one side effect of WinXP will be to accellerate laptop sales to allow
computing in multiple locations.

    Intel's Linux use saved $200 million in two years
    Inside Intel's IT department

    By Mike Magee, 31/10/2001 11:28:23 BST


    Yesterday, the assembled UK hacks met Doug Busch, the director of
    information technology at Intel worldwide - a chap who sits on the
    executive strategy board with the likes of Andy Grove and Craig
    Barrett, and who is responsible for IT deployment, spending and

    It's sort of a "play within a play" - Busch has to make the same kind
    of decisions other IT managers do - but with the difference that Intel
    is a leading technology company and so has to be seen to be
    implementing it big time.

    Busch was remarkably frank about the problems and challenges facing
    the IT function at Intel and claimed that by deploying Linux in the
    corporation, the firm had managed to save over $200 million in just
    two years. He wasn't very specific about how that money was saved

    Like every other big corporation, there's a mix of systems and he said
    that Intel had just completed implementing a Windows 2000 install.
    Further, he added, 65 per cent of its machines were now notebook based
    - a decision that aided productivity, if only for the simple reason
    that people were able to use the technology at home or when they were
    away from the office.

    In fact, he added, that had meant very many fewer office visits for

    Busch's empire includes 4,000 IT staff deployed over 70 sites
    worldwide, and although the manufacturing and fab parts of this
    infrastructure were treated separately, he said that they were
    gradually being brought under his department's wing.


    Intella has also introduced a peer-to-peer system, modelled on
    Napster, which allows employees to share files and which he said has
    also saved a great deal of money. This system, called "share and
    learn", is currently being commercialised and he said allowed for a
    seven to 10 time performance boost in file transfer terms and is used
    for training purposes, sharing Powerpoint roadmaps and other
    media-heavy files.


    The Inquirer
     2001 Breakthrough Publishing Ltd

Karsten M. Self <>
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