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Hi Tom,

Thanks for the suggestions, but I assure you, I have had many, many
conversations with him about this over these past 15 years I've been
managing his systems.

On 10/1/2014 9:03 AM, Tom Davies <> wrote:
Hi :) 
I think probably the best way to handle it is to arrange a meeting with
your boss.  Make sure it's a proper meeting rather than just trying to
catch him/her "on the fly" while he/she is busy dealing with other stuff. 

Apologise profusely for having tried to save the company x amount of
That you did so by trying to avoid the needed upgrade to MS Office
2013/365.  Explain that you have put tons of your own time into saving
the company money in this way.  Let him/her know that the office workers
are now demanding that the company buy in MS Office 2013/365 at a cost
of x. 

Let him/her know that MS products typically run into many problems when
they are first released but that most of those have probably been fixed
by now.  Let him/her know that by delaying the cost you have ensured
that the company should run into far fewer problems with their purchase
than they would have done if they had just spent the money back when MS
Office 2013/365 was initially released. 

Maybe point out that there still will be problems because each version
of MS Office has problems reading some files from any previous versions
and that will continue to be a problem as each new version of MS Office
needs to be bought.  Maybe follow-up by saying that converting documents
to LibreOffice only suffers that problem the one time and that future
versions of LibreOffice are built to ensure that old files can be read

Maybe say that the whole exercise to save the company x amount seems to
have created tensions with colleagues and been disheartening and taken
up a lot of your own time and that for those reasons you would rather
not be involved with installing MS Office 2013/365. 

Basically wash your hands of it and point out that your motives were
good but that it was tooo much of an uphill fight that you are not happy
to continue with.  It would help to know the licensing cost, x.  For
2013 i've heard around $500/machine for the version with Access in it or
for 365 it's probably a monthly figure. Companies can often get a
discount and get a "volume" license. 

DON'T offer to share your research on this!  Just make it sound like you
have heard a rumour that it costs roughly x.  Picking the right version
of MS Office is notoriously difficult and likely to run into problems. 
Whichever version you (or anyone else) choose is likely to be the wrong
one and incurr extra, hidden costs = if it's you that did the choosing
or recommending then they might think it was you deliberately sabotaging
the project so make sure it's someone else that is highly visibly to

Similarly with installing it.  it's likely to be a lot more of a
struggle than they probably realise and is likely to over-run both in
time taken and costs.  So, again make sure you are visibly distanced
from it.  Try not to help in any way to avoid getting the blame when
they make mistakes!  If they need information then deliver it to your
boss for your boss to hand on to whoever is doing the installs. 

Hopefully they'll need to get some external consultants in to do it, and
as is typical in the Window world those consultants will be tooo
arrogant to ask for any information or help. 

Maybe at the end of the exercise arrange another meeting with your boss
to talk about talking back routine administration of the MS Office
systems and just express amazement at just how high the costs were, that
you had been trying to save the company from! 

It might be worth asking a lawyer's advice about refusing to do certain
parts of what might be in your employment contract = there might be
justifiable excuses.  Perhaps time to take a holiday? 

Sorry this is not particularly useful!  I know you have worked hard at
this and now find yourself in an untenable situation so i hope you are
able to work out a way of freeeing yourself and maybe gain a lot of
respect from your boss and maybe from the other workers too. 
Regards from
Tom :) 

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