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From Rob Weir <>
Subject Re: Introducing myself
Date Thu, 10 Jan 2013 14:41:11 GMT
On Thu, Jan 10, 2013 at 7:23 AM, Fabrizio Marchesano
<> wrote:
> Hi all, this is Fabrizio Marchesano from Genoa, Italy.
> I'm a consultant developer, always ready to support customers in OpenOffice
> migration whenever they give me the chance.

Hello Fabrizio !

Have you seen our consultants pages?

If you want to be listed there as well, please send your details per
these instructions:

Also, be sure to join our API mailing list.  This is where most of the
discussion related to OpenOffice extensions occurs:

> It's a hard task, though: not because of OpenOffice itself, but simply
> because people fear changes (and IT managers fear users' first reactions).
> I say “first” reactions because, in my experience, every time I was
> involved in a migration process, users initially moaned (but only because
> sometimes falling out of our habit may be burdensome) but changed their
> mind soon after the development of custom extension which helped them to
> speed up their daily job.

Yes.  I think that is key.  Although there are some who will migrate
to OpenOffice purely because it is free, many companies think of IT as
an investment in worker productivity.  So the best story is to argue
both cost savings and improved productivity.  Creating custom
extensions to integrate into the customer's business is a good way to
do this.

> Even if I am a long-time OpenOffice user, as a professional developer I
> began to create tailor-made extensions for customers in quite recent times
> (2008, and at the beginning through the IBM Lotus Symphony fork for
> Domino-Notes clients).
> I'm ready to give my contribution to the community in any way I can, and if
> you're planning to attend FOSDEM 2013 I'll be glad to meet you in person
> and discuss about extension development (currently in Java because of my
> Eclipse background).

I personally will not be able to make it to Fosdem, but we will have
many project members there, and we will have a table and a dev room.
So be sure to stop by the dev room and introduce yourself!



> Best regards,
> Fabrizio

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