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From Rob Weir <robw...@apache.org>
Subject Re: [ApacheCon] BoF session on AOO community
Date Mon, 29 Oct 2012 12:00:46 GMT
On Mon, Oct 29, 2012 at 2:22 AM, Jörg Schmidt <joesch@j-m-schmidt.de> wrote:
> Hello Rob, *,
>
>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: Rob Weir [mailto:robweir@apache.org]
>
>> I think the challenge is to change the thinking that says a project
>> can only be successful if it raises money.
>
>
> Yes, you're right.
> But success is measured, in my opinion, in the dissemination of AOO, for private users
*but also* for use in companies.
>
> In my experience this purpose, the work on the ground is essential. AOO must be present
to the public and decision makers in companies already have AOO be seen as a real alternative
to MS Office.
> This calls for talks as a relevant framework in Germany at Chamber of Commerce Events.
>
> I personally have several months ago on the phone with a German IBM manager and to illustrate
the relevance of such things.
> What concerns me is not about money (or primarily to money), but about collaboration
in the communitybecause IBM, I and the German community are parts of the international community.
>
> I have also read the demands of IBM, on XING, to create a partner network, and I think
that's a good idea, but unfortunately I put demand on the fixed nothing concrete happens.
>
> Collaboration in the community is not a question of money but of doing and at the same
time, this cooperation also key to the success of service providers, e.g. such under which:
> http://www.openoffice.org/bizdev/consultants.html
> are listed.
>

The ooo-marketing list is a great place to coordinate international
campaigns.  And we have a German list for local events, yes?

> Currently I am professionally e.g. in negotiations for a major consulting company, which
either LO or AOO want to use (instead of MS Office) on hundreds or thousands of workplaces,
but these companies want to see visible presence of AOO.
>  Such companies want from me, as an expert, impartial advice and not the reference to
other companies.
>
>  For Germany, I would wish for the future practical cooperation of consultants like me,
medium-sized businesses, large companies, such as IBM, and the community, for mutual success.
>

I think the consultants directory is the best option here.  I see
companies looking for AOO support, but they are sometimes too small to
interest IBM.  But they would be a good size for smaller companies.
I'd love to be able to refer them to a local small company.

>  I'm ready for this for a long time, and as many of the German community, but we must
finally start real actions.
>
>  LibreOffice is everywhere in Germany, but where are we? Where AOO is really visible
in Germany?
>
> Besides exhibitions (e.g. CeBIT or as the "LinuxTag" in Berlin), were "IHK meetings"
an important opportunity. In the next year it will be an event of FroDeV commercial users
give (http://www.frodev.org/konferenz), I'm sure that LibreOffice will be there, but also
Apache OpenOffice?
>

Suggestion:

1) Take one of the general overview presentations from ApacheCon and
clean it up.  Make it into the "standard' AOO overview presentation.
Put it on the marketing wiki.  Get it translated into various
languages.  Maintain it so it remains current.

2) Start a wiki page to lists events-of-interest.  List event, date,
location, link to website, etc.  Project members who are local to that
event can volunteer to present there.  Many are doable as a day trip.
CeBit is in Hanover, 92 minutes from Hamburg on the ICE train, for
example.

3) For critical events where there are no local project members we can
check with other Apache members, from other projects, to see if they
can help cover it.  In return, maybe we help promote related projects
at events we are able to attend.

4) If any critical conference is still not covered, then we look at
other options.

-Rob

>
>  greetings
>  Jörg
>

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