Case Study: Beaumont Hospital

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Beaumont: Training hospital for DCU and
RCSI


Staff of 3,000


Rationale for implementation of a large
scale OSS project in a large public sector
organisation



Case Study: Beaumont Hospital

IT @ Beaumont


Severe budgetary contractions since 2000


Due to overspend in the run
-
up to Y2K


Shortfall of EUR17million in 2003


Looking for ways to save costs on IT


Free access to source code played a
very
limited role

in Beaumont’s motivation


Given the budgetary constraints, zero cost
was of more concern than open source.


IT @ Beaumont


Current IT environment


36 Intel
-
based servers,


22 running Red Hat or SuSE Linux and


14 running Microsoft Windows NT. In addition to the Intel
servers,


Beaumont’s primary clinical application is based on a
HP 3000 mainframe computer.


The overall environment is thus characterized by
a heterogeneity of application platforms and
associated servers
.


IT @ Beaumont


Beaumont has always followed a mixed
-
market
policy, acquiring software solutions where these
were readily available, and creating or modifying
existing applications as necessary.


This mixed market philosophy extends to the
range of application providers who are involved
in business relationships with Beaumont.


Hewlett
-
Packard, IBM, Sun, Linux providers (Red Hat
and SuSE), and Microsoft.


IT @ Beaumont


Beaumont has approx 1,000 desktop machines
to support.


one
-
third of these are bordering on obsolete,
specified at 64 MB RAM or less and with clock
speeds of less than 300 MHz.


This situation arises because of a relatively low
level of funding to sustain its IT infrastructure.


As a direct consequence of this, as money
became available, Beaumont acquired a variety
of software of different vintages and capabilities,
including a mixture of application packages.


Cost Comparison of OSS versus
Comparable Closed Solutions for Phase 1


Applications


Desktop Apps: Star Office


Content Management System: Zope


Email: Skyrix


Further Reading on OSS in
Beaumont


http://osor.eu/case_studies/migration
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to
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open
-
source
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software
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