I can feel it. This year is already different. In the first month of the year, I have received a far higher number of requests for training and for consulting. Also, notably, I've received several requests for input on how to, and whether to, make the transition to OpenOffice.org or StarOffice.
I'm particularly pleased with the last item, since planning is essential to a successful, smooth transition to OOo or SO for your organization.
If you're part of an organization that's looking at making the transition and you'd like some input from me, I'm happy--actually, eager--to give it. For February and March, I will give as many free one-hour sessions on tips for a successful transition to OOo and SO as I can fit into my schedule. I might extend this option longer, depending on response and other projects.
- If you're in the Denver metro area, I'm happy to come by in person.
- If you're outside the metro area, I can work with you on the phone, or present using the ReadyTalk multi-platform screensharing tool or your own screensharing tool.
- If you'd like to set up a paid in-person consulting visit of one or more days, please contact me.
Here's a thought about why transitioning to OOo or SO . Most people have only used one office suite in their lives, maybe two. Switching to another office suite is going to be, for them, analogous to living in a small town all their lives and then making their first visit outside the country as an adult without knowing anything about what the trip will be like. It's not that the foreign country is so inherently hard to figure out, but that they've never done it before, and aren't used to all the unexpected differences. If they're mentally prepared for a change, open to the idea of learning; and have some essential tools like a guide, some good shoes, and a couple weeks of basic French; the experience will be much better.