Forum puts hike at 130%

Last week's emergency meeting of The Infrastructure Forum (Tif), called to discuss Microsoft's new licensing terms, declared...

Last week's emergency meeting of The Infrastructure Forum (Tif), called to discuss Microsoft's new licensing terms, declared businesses would face massively increased costs while IT directors grapple with a restrictive timescale.

More than 50 representatives from the IT departments of blue-chip UK companies attended the meeting, called by Tif on hearing Microsoft's proposed licensing changes.

David Roberts, chief executive of Tif, said, "The cost increase is in the order of 130% and the timescale means that approval for that expenditure has to be put to business boards when most have already put next year's budget to bed. The issues of cost and timescale make the upgrade cycle question pale into insignificance."

Tif members represent 43% of the FTSE 100 companies.

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