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Announcement for the OOo Marketing Discussion Mailinglist
on copy: The Swiss OpenOffice.org Association

Hello all

It is time to introduce myself and our community to the list: My name is
Daniel Stoni, I'm 42 years old and living with my family in Kaltbrunn,
Switzerland. I joined the world of free/libre and open source software
two years ago as IT consultant, activist, networker and engineer after
having spent 12 years at IBM as software specialist, project manager,
manager of software technical support and sales leader.

In Switzerland, we have a lively ecosystem of communities, a kind of
central brain called /ch/open and about 400 companies delivering all
kind of services with/around free software. Yet, we had to realize that
particular efforts are required to further gain acceptance by end users
for free desktop applications. And we learned about the contributions
wanted and resources required to further build, develop, maintain tools
for end user's environments.

A small group of enthusiasts met in Summer 2009 and decided to build a
local community for OpenOffice.org. We joined this mailinglist and
Florian's marketing calls occasionally in order to get accustomed to the
way of communication and to get familiar with current topics. We had a
lot of talks and studied the local situation. It soon became clear, that
in order to meet user's expectations and company requirements, in order
to involve current market players and to acquire substance to be
invested in marketing and development of OpenOffice.org, we needed a
business model and some legal foundation.

It is my pleasure now to announce our community, called OpenOffice.org
Switzerland Association, and about the status of its activities: Since,
we wrote our constitution, obtained formal/legal status of an
association, worked on a business and coverage model, organized our back
office, built the website, sketched a short term marketing plan, joined
several events and initiated some networking and marketing activites.
There was a press release in July. We now have about 20 members (7
companies) and we are preparing a direct mailing to be sent to about 250
companies (either using the product or delivering services for
OpenOffice.org). A follow-up is scheduled within 3-4 weeks before we
launch another press release to invite 'everyone'. We are currently
finalizing instructions for and duties of active members (employee style
contributors and open source companies), polish the workflow and
implement tools necessary for membership/relationship management.

We will keep you informed as things develop.

The home of the association is http://www.ooorg.ch - which currently is
in german only, I'm afraid.

People interested in talks about ooorg.ch may meet us at the FrosCamp
2010, http://www.froscamp.ch (in Zurich, same location as FUDCon EMEA
2010) on Sept 17/18, at the opensourcetreffen.de in München on Sept 24
or at the ubucon.de in Leipzig on Oct 15-17. Chances are to meet us also
at the oookwv.de in München on Nov 16/17.

Looking forward to collaborate with you and sharing experience and
lessons learned.

Kind regards, Daniel Stoni
President of OpenOffice.org Switzerland Association





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Re: Introduction: Daniel Stoni, Switzerland and ooorg.ch

Vikram Gaur
Hi Daniel,

I am Vikram Gaur from India. We are working to promote and implement
open source application since 2001.
Its good to know about somebody working for same cause.
Recently we have farmed a NGO, whose one of the major objective to
promote Open Source in India.

You can visit http://samearth.org

Regards,

Vikram Gaur
On Wed, 2010-09-08 at 13:41 +0200, Daniel Stoni wrote:

> Announcement for the OOo Marketing Discussion Mailinglist
> on copy: The Swiss OpenOffice.org Association
>
> Hello all
>
> It is time to introduce myself and our community to the list: My name is
> Daniel Stoni, I'm 42 years old and living with my family in Kaltbrunn,
> Switzerland. I joined the world of free/libre and open source software
> two years ago as IT consultant, activist, networker and engineer after
> having spent 12 years at IBM as software specialist, project manager,
> manager of software technical support and sales leader.
>
> In Switzerland, we have a lively ecosystem of communities, a kind of
> central brain called /ch/open and about 400 companies delivering all
> kind of services with/around free software. Yet, we had to realize that
> particular efforts are required to further gain acceptance by end users
> for free desktop applications. And we learned about the contributions
> wanted and resources required to further build, develop, maintain tools
> for end user's environments.
>
> A small group of enthusiasts met in Summer 2009 and decided to build a
> local community for OpenOffice.org. We joined this mailinglist and
> Florian's marketing calls occasionally in order to get accustomed to the
> way of communication and to get familiar with current topics. We had a
> lot of talks and studied the local situation. It soon became clear, that
> in order to meet user's expectations and company requirements, in order
> to involve current market players and to acquire substance to be
> invested in marketing and development of OpenOffice.org, we needed a
> business model and some legal foundation.
>
> It is my pleasure now to announce our community, called OpenOffice.org
> Switzerland Association, and about the status of its activities: Since,
> we wrote our constitution, obtained formal/legal status of an
> association, worked on a business and coverage model, organized our back
> office, built the website, sketched a short term marketing plan, joined
> several events and initiated some networking and marketing activites.
> There was a press release in July. We now have about 20 members (7
> companies) and we are preparing a direct mailing to be sent to about 250
> companies (either using the product or delivering services for
> OpenOffice.org). A follow-up is scheduled within 3-4 weeks before we
> launch another press release to invite 'everyone'. We are currently
> finalizing instructions for and duties of active members (employee style
> contributors and open source companies), polish the workflow and
> implement tools necessary for membership/relationship management.
>
> We will keep you informed as things develop.
>
> The home of the association is http://www.ooorg.ch - which currently is
> in german only, I'm afraid.
>
> People interested in talks about ooorg.ch may meet us at the FrosCamp
> 2010, http://www.froscamp.ch (in Zurich, same location as FUDCon EMEA
> 2010) on Sept 17/18, at the opensourcetreffen.de in München on Sept 24
> or at the ubucon.de in Leipzig on Oct 15-17. Chances are to meet us also
> at the oookwv.de in München on Nov 16/17.
>
> Looking forward to collaborate with you and sharing experience and
> lessons learned.
>
> Kind regards, Daniel Stoni
> President of OpenOffice.org Switzerland Association
>
>
>
>