PR: Business Development Project of OpenOffice.org AnnouncedFeb 27, 2004, 11:30 (5 Talkback[s])
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We are proud to announce the opening of the Business Development project of OpenOffice.org (BizDev) The goals of this project are to build a business partners' network around OpenOffice.org and to allow initiatives and contributions from small and large corporate players including custom developments for customers or the community, support, quality assurance, and funding.
In this regard the BizDev project is the place where commercial leads, and business and consulting information can be discussed. It is a project for services professionals who are looking for customers, projects, and for contributing the way they want. Several companies have already joined the BizDev project. Among them the Olliance Group, based in Palo Alto, California, a consulting firm pushing the adoption of Open Source Software and open standards in large companies. They believe in this project and think that letting businesses participate and generate wealth around OpenOffice.org is a major asset in today's industry.
"We are seeing and hearing a need for a more supportive and integrated approach from the community to address users requirements in deploying Open Source solutions. Creating a project where service providers can present themselves, communicate, and discuss customer's needs and topics such as "best practices" is a bold, innovative, and needed step by OpenOffice.org" said Andrew Aitken, Managing Partner, Olliance Group, a leading OSS strategic consulting firm.
As a first step, the BizDev project volunteers have built a business directory called the Consultants' Directory (http://bizdev.openoffice.org/consultants.html) where consulting businesses get listed in order to maximize their visibility to the public and the community. This list already provides a large amount of information and is still growing.
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