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Le 2010-11-02 15:25, Marc Paré a écrit :
Le 2010-11-02 14:24, drew a écrit :

Hi Marc,

Great idea - not sure we need a team, per se, but a place to collect
these would be of great help, IMO.

I would be bold enough to turn this email around and challenge you to
help lead this by putting together a short presentation on LibreOffice /
ODF / FOSS as if you where to deliver this to a small group, say at a
lunch time presentation to the IT team of a small public school system
in CA, as this I believe is your personal perspective. To be clear I'm
not speaking of a template specifically, rather it is the content, write
a 15 minute presentation.

Hi Drew:

I have done such live presentations but not with a specifically designed
presentations for IT groups. From the years of my committee work and
advocating OOo and now LibO I can tell you one thing for sure, if there
is no LibO IT support for Migration from MSO to LibO as well as LibO
networking support you will not get IT interested. We can present all we
want, we can convince teacher, staff all we want, but IT, who holds all
of the connectivity cards, will not agree to a LibO installation until
LibO has a solid LibO network support option as well a clear MSO
migration support option for the Office/Admin.

They feel even more at ease if this support is a paid support. I imagine
that this is most likely the same for large business organisations.
School boards are considered equal to larger organisations. My school
board teaches approximately 100,000 students and has over 10,000
cmputers. And we are not considered a large school board. We are pretty
well considered a medium size school board.

This is why I was so interested in the different support levels
(1,2,3,4) when they were mentioned. If we are to have an impact in
schools, then we have to address this need for support either at our OSS
level, where we could develop an opensource support ticket system or
until we find a "for-profit" support ticket system. This would
definitely "clinch" the sale of LibO to school organisations.

Selling the product to teachers and parents is, in my opinion, still
important as we are going about it the grass roots way. Once the
students clamour for ODF support from the MSO installations in schools,
as well as parents, then scool board will have a close look at
migrations. But, again, without support, IT will look at MSO import
filters instead of migrating.


Actually, Sophie's reference to this:,067

is exactly how the IT at school boards look at migrations. The support must be there before it is accepted. We should then be looking at the different distros adopting the LibO as their office suite of choice for large installations.


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