The enthusiastic response is encouraging! Great work guys.
To Ger -
It has accounting and payroll.
On 15/09/11 12:27, Ger Hooton wrote:
> What do you propose for accounting/book keeping and payroll ?
>>> On Thu, 2011-09-15 at 11:59 +0100, David Pintor wrote:
>> Hi Paul,
>>>> That sounds great. I'm sure I'm not the only one here that is excited to
>> hear about it.
>>>> Good luck for the next sessions and please keep us updated if you organise
>> more seminars!
>>>>>> On 15 September 2011 11:16, Paul Scollon<paul at opensourceireland.biz> wrote:
>>>>> Hi all,
>>>>>> just writing to let you know the outcome of a workshop/seminar myself and
>>> fellow open source crusader Andrew Clarke held in Dundalk yesterday.
>>>>>> About 6 months ago I approached the Chamber of Commerce suggesting a
>>> workshop in saving software costs for small businesses. They offered to
>>> organise it and the local Enterprise Board offered to pay for the training
>>> facilities. We waved any fees in the spirit of what we were hoping to get
>>> across to people.
>>>>>> I was hoping for 10 or 11 local businesses to show up.
>>>>>> In the end end 50 businesses asked to be on the list, and we had to turn
>>> others away as the facilities could only hold 25 (so we did 2 sessions,
>>> morning and afternoon).
>>>>>> I can only say it went INCREDIBLY well, and the feedback form local
>>> business was astounding. We covered mostly open source software alternatives
>>> for Windows, plus some stuff on Portable Apps, but also mentioned Linux and
>>> how it was a great server solution for hosting your own services. We spoke
>>> about the origins of open source, and the difference between it and 'free'
>>> software. We also gave a lot of stats, case studies and bar charts and stuff
>>> that business people can relate to.
>>>>>> We demonstrated how easy it is to migrate users from Microsoft Office to
>>> LibreOffice, Phtoshop to GIMP and so on. They was particular interest and
>>> amazement at the availability of open source CRM and Groupware packages that
>>> we demonstrated.
>>>>>> Afterwards we were bombarded with questions and requests for mote hands-on
>>> workshops, further seminars etc.
>>>>>> I'm thinking that small IT companies who support open source around the
>>> country should similarly approach their local Chamber of Commerce and
>>> arrange similar events. The time for open source to make headway in business
>>> in Ireland seems to be now, if yesterday is anything to go by.
>>>>>> Some of the material we used, with more to follow, is available at
>>>>>> Paul Scollon
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