On Sun, Mar 26, 2006 at 10:23:35PM -0600, greg wm wrote:
Which specific PDA is in use at work [by your CFO] - someone might be able to
give you a more specific answer if you let us know exactly what PDA she is using.
While I can't give any great advice about sql-ledger and Thunderbird (as I
haven't used either), I do remember hearing about a Windows port of Evolution
which would most likely be the best drop-in replacement for Outlook.
> i've had my fun researching, installing, evaluating, but i think it's
> time for a new strategy. i'm a bit twiddler by habit, i need some help
> getting plugged into the advocacy, planning, and management arena.
you might find my notes of the Les Timms and Bruce Perens talks at the
FOSS Means Business conference in Belfast of some use:
Some snippets that you might be able to put to good use are:
* using Open Source will prevent vendor lock in and forced upgrade cycles.
* it might uncover opportunities to improve your business process.
There are other advantages too, which it seems your CFO might decide to wash
over as you mentioned she's "hot to write whatever we need into our budget".
* it can make econonic sense to use FOSS [though as Les Timms mentioned in his
talk you do need to check about interoperability]
* You will make savings in the long term by avoiding forced upgrades.
If your CFO is willing to write whatever it takes into the budget then you need
to take a different line of approach than the financial, so I'd emphasise the
other advantages of FOSS:
1// the points about preventing vendor lock-in
2// no forced upgrades - get to choose your own upgrade cycles (both hardware and
3// you can tweak the software to best fit your business process rather than the
other way round
4// increased longevity for hardware currently being used (mirrors point #2).
5// the ability to get any additional functionality developed (this can't be done
with proprietary software houses unless you really want to spend big-bucks),
with FOSS and either inhouse developers or consultancies doing this will cost
less. Ok, this isn't strictly a 100% non-financial point, but it still holds
and so on.
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