I fully have to agree with +Simon Phipps here.

Reading a bit into the document there are various odd things that just dont add up -- and its not only the numbers or the totals, but also lots of the details:

On pdf-page 71, the consultant explains that departments could claim an 'emergency': a special use case that they could not execute without Microsoft Office. In such cases, a new machine with Microsoft Office would be purchased at the next electronics store and handed to the worker. Given that most of the users still were on Office 2000 at the start of the project one can assume their hardware was really ancient. Its easy to imagine how this started a race to the bottom for everyone who wanted new hardware: If you were in the top (bottom) 40 workers in a year claiming your work couldnt be done with open source, you were eligibile for new hardware.

Another interesting subaspect is the different training costs claimed and projected. For the whole open source experiment, the report lists expenditures of 25.000EUR (pdf-page 70) -- the consultant assumes the same amount of 25.000EUR as a minimum (pdf-page 83-84) for training the workers on the same product, but is suggesting more is needed. And indeed on pdf-page 12, the office of the mayor requests a budget 200.000EUR for training on a product that is already used in-house -- nine times as much as it spend over the whole time of their open source experiment, which introduced a different product in addition.

Similar differences can be found for other costs between the report of the consultant from May 2012 and the budget request. While the consultant claims on pdf-page 85 "simple costs for a rollback to the original workflow with decentrally maintained templates" and estimates "40.000EUR plus introduction costs", on pdf-page 12, written only 6 month later, there are already 150.000EUR allocated for template related issues.

One can only hope for the city of Freiburg that these trends do not continue as they started ...

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Was the German city of Freiburg's cancellation of its open source migration an inevitable consequence of its approach? It took some time to get a grip on the complex documentation (and I may still have it wrong - tell me if so) but I think the answer is "yes".
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