Responsible for declaring that his state would adhere to the Open Document Standard, CIO Peter Quinn has resigned over the controversy that the announcement stirred up. I for one lauded his efforts, and it only goes to show that publicly declaring an anti-Microsoft plan or policy in the public sector can quickly land you in hot water – especially if the stakes for MS are high. Apparently Mr. Quinn was not quite prepared for the public attacks against his person that one exposes himself to when leading that far out in front – at least according to this article.
Truly a shame. Makes you wonder who inspired the Boston Globe to do an article on Mr. Quinn implying some sort of improper influence related to his conference travel. In any case, cheers to you Mr. Quinn! May 2006 bring you much success.