the funding of a supposedly independent report used in
a decision to use Microsoft software by the London borough of Newham.
"According to Microsoft's press release of last month, "Newham's
decision to partner with Microsoft follows an extensive platform evaluation
at the Borough, in which the merits of, and overall value offered by
Microsoft's software were rigorously assessed by Capgemini. Capgemini were
selected to conduct the evaluation by Newham, and ran the evaluations as an
independent third party. Fact One: None of this is untrue, as such, but a study by Capgemini, funded
by Microsoft, was Microsoft's offer during pricing negotiations with Newham
last autumn. Note that Cap Gemini's brief was to assess value offered by
Microsoft software, and that it ran its evaluation as an independent third
party. The Beast chooses its words carefully here."
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