[sf-lug] Request for bid
larry.cafiero at gmail.com
Sun Aug 22 17:06:23 PDT 2010
Hey, Christian --
Redwood Digital Research, in which I'm a partner, does the same thing (among
other services) as Jim's company, but we're in the Santa Cruz/Monterey Bay
area. Since it would probably be wise if your employer went local, we'd
still like to participate in a bid process, if one arises.
On Sun, Aug 22, 2010 at 3:35 PM, jim <jim at well.com> wrote:
> As you posted your need to the SF-LUG list, I'm replying
> to the list with the hope that members find this a valid
> and interesting aspect of Linux.
> My company, Systemateka, Inc., does such work and has
> converted Carol Ruth Silver's business systems to a mixed
> environment based on Ubuntu Linux that incorporates her
> legacy, Windows-based financial system.
> Systemateka is dedicated to open source solutions and
> works in an open style with other techies, including
> experienced system administrators, PHP programmers, Python
> and Django programmers, database administrators, graphic
> designers, documenters, and trainers.
> As this seems to be for a legal firm, note that I was
> the system administrator at the U. S. Court of Appeals
> for the Ninth Circuit in San Francisco and have
> experience with law office needs as well as with training
> and documentation.
> To make your conversion as quickly as possible
> requires a preliminary assessment of your office workflow
> and software, which entails no downtime, only modest
> intrusion, and a brief written report that maps the steps
> of the transition.
> Let me know how to pursue this possibility.
> On Sun, 2010-08-22 at 12:06 -0700, Christian Einfeldt wrote:
> > hi,
> > My employer, Al Stoll, is sick and tired of Microsoft Windows
> > problems, and he is willing to consider a move to GNU-Linux. He has
> > asked me to find a company that could do the initial move, and could
> > provide on-going support. We would like to speak with companies that
> > could bid to do this work. We do have some mission-critical apps that
> > must run on Microsoft Windows, or so we think. Number one among them
> > is Filemaker Pro. Al is willing to consider OpenOffice.org, but we
> > would need to be assured that OOo would be able to be a drop-in
> > replacement for Microsoft Office.
> > I, of course, am a Linux zealot, but we need to make sure that this
> > transition is seamless, or it won't happen at all. Al Stoll visited
> > the Creative Arts Charter School, and was very impressed with seeing
> > the kids there doing video editing on Linux. Al sort of gets the
> > importance of Free as in Free Speech, but he and the rest of the staff
> > are very much end users, and we would need to make sure that we don't
> > put them through a huge learning curve. They need to be able to leave
> > on Friday and come back to work on Monday, and get maybe half a day of
> > training and then they need to be able to be off to the races again,
> > as our office is a high-pressure office with very serious personal
> > injury cases (brain damage cases, etc). Our opponents usually assign
> > twice the number of lawyers that we have to cases on which they oppose
> > us, and so downtime kills us. In fact, one of the reasons that Al is
> > considering moving is that he is unhappy with the downtime that we
> > have been experiencing due to Microsoft's failware. If this migration
> > is made at all, it will need to be made on the basis of stability,
> > reliability, high up-time, and competitive cost. We would need a firm
> > that has experience in working with newbies and assessing their needs
> > and making the technology transparent to them.
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