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Subject: [hangout] FSCC- Tuesday Minutes
From: Ray Connolly
Organization: NYLXS, Inc.
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Date: 28 May 2003 16:38:53 -0400
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I wanted to post a follow-up to yesterday's FSCC Noon Meeting. We had a
good discussion and have plotted a course of action. We will need input
and volunteers. The minutes were as follows:
We outlined a proposed schedule of subject matter. This is geared at
existing businesses who may or may not have an installed platform
already in existence, which, is most probably proprietary.
Strategically we felt that evangelizing that a business should rip out
any existing installed base (read: investment) would not be most
beneficial to us or them. Most companies are already entangled in
Proprietary systems and will look to keeping their business running
safely and smoothly by continuing to use what they have already invested
in while migrating where and when they can until fully freed. We
decided taking the approach of illuminating companies on the ability to
supplant proprietary technologies as they see fit and educating and
aiding in migrating them from proprietary to FOSS would be the most
welcomed approach to business' ears. Considering this, I propose the
folowing layout of a Demo:
-Reuse of hardware benefits
-Proprietary vs. FOSS cost analysis
-Hidden costs of Proprietary solutions
(i.e.- License management, SBA issues)
-FOSS Desktop Solutions
-Complete FOSS Solutions
-SuSe and Crossover Plugins
-Evolution and Exchange Plugins
-Harnessing FOSS in your Environment Today
-FOSS Applications on a proprietary
-SAMBA, Apache, Sendmail, etc.
-Systems and Network Security
-FOSS security tools and configuration
-Snort, tcpDump, etc.
I welcome and comments, questions or suggestions to this format. I am
also looking for leads to presenters as I think many from past demos are
no longer around.
This will take some reaching out by myself to institutions in NYC. A
"top-of-the-head" list includes: Katherine Gibbs, Pace U., Baruch
College, NYU, Stuyvesant HS, Lower Manhattan Chamber of Commerce,
Uniform.org. If anyone has any other suggestions or personal contacts
at those listed or others please let me know ASAP.
This is THE MOST IMPORTANT issue in regards to the Demo. We want
business owners and decision makers, NOT students interested in FOSS
(though all are welcomed). We will need to lean heavily on the PR
Committee (your time to shine guys! ;) to advertise the Business Demo.
We felt places like The Voice, PennySavers, LUG's/Cassandra's Calender,
Neighborhood Papers (i.e.- Brooklyn Spectator, Staten Island Advance)
and cable TV's NY1 and Public Access should be targeted along with the
PR Committee's standard M.O.
***WITHOUT PROPER MARKETING AND ATTENDANCE BY THE DESIRED AUDIENCE THIS
IS ALL A COLOSSAL WASTE OF TIME AND RESOURCES. AGAIN, MARKETING IS THE
NUMERO UNO SUCCESS FACTOR OF THIS DEMO!***
Considering the marketing and venue work requirements it was felt that
Two Months leeway time is needed for proper preparation and execution.
At this point it's TBA until a venue is secured, then the Marketing
Machine must fire from the starting line. This would mean begin
thinking about marketing NOW so that when a date is set we have two full
months to voice our message, not scramble and use one month to get
situated and another to advertise. We need marketing to be at:
"Ready-Set..." -and waiting for "GO!".
EVENING FSCC MEETINGS-
We closed the session with discussion of our Evening FSCC Meetings.
Wednesdays were suggested although there seems it may conflict with
classes. I feel Mondays is tough as it is a night most people who work
just want to go home and crash from the Monday Blues. Thursdays are
busy for lots of people. So, we are tentative for Tuesday eves.
Perhaps we can flex with Wednesdays as some Tuesdays will not work for
me (I take Public Speaking every other Tuesday eve). If this works for
Evan, our generous space provider, we can just pre-announce the day a
week in advance. Rather than double up FSCC meetings on Tuesdays
perhaps we can shift the Noon Meetings to Thursdays or another day that
works with Joe or generous space provider at R&M. Suggestions are
welcomed and, in fact, solicited. Night space is at 57th St. and
Lexington Ave from 6:30-8:30pm
Overall it was a productive meeting and the first of many. Please get
back with any and all comments, queries or suggestions on any and all of
Asst. Treasurer, NYLXS, Inc.
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