Evan David Light
evan at tiggerpalace.com
Thu Sep 13 17:55:31 EDT 2007
Well said. Sounds good to me.
On Sep 13, 2007, at 5:25 PM, Bruce Tate wrote:
> If they have strong requirements, a motivation to work with us, and
> a strong need, it sounds like a good customer.
> On Sep 13, 2007, at 3:51 PM, Justin Gehtland wrote:
>> Trying to reply to this (seeing if it makes it through, now):
>> That organization is still searching for the right people to build
>> the app, and I think would relish having the help of this kind of
>> On Sep 13, 2007, at 4:29 PM, Chad Fowler wrote:
>>> Here's the email Justin Gehtland has been trying to send. Getting
>>> stopped somehow:
>>> Recently, we were approached by an organization in North Carolina
>>> called TROSA . They are a residential rehabilitation
>>> for substance abusers who have several businesses that the "clients"
>>> work in during their rehab in order to gain work experience and be
>>> part of a structured organization. For example, we used them to
>>> our furniture when we moved, and we buy our Christmas trees from
>>> every year.
>>> The scenario is this:
>>> They have essentially "enterprise-level" needs. They need an
>>> application to track their "clients", including things like medicine
>>> schedules, meetings with doctors and parole officers, tracking the
>>> admit process and the questionnaires they need to fill out,
>>> with government organizations, provide reports for the donors, etc.
>>> etc. etc.
>>> Their current infrastructure is based on 11 separate Access and/or
>>> Excel "applications" strung together will baling wire.
>>> Two years ago, they got a grant from (I think) the Kellogg
>>> to upgrade their infrastructure. They found a company who said they
>>> would develop it in .NET Nuke. They spent two years and the entire
>>> grant and have no code to show for it, but they have very clear
>>> requirements for what the application needs to do.
>>> It is very module, and could easily be tackled in small pieces, and
>>> those pieces have a high degree of possible reusability across
>>> charitable organizations.
>>> They have a small budget for this, since the whole grant was wasted.
>>> They also had unbelievably unrealistic timelines. When we looked at
>>> the spec, we said it would be easily 9-18 months. Their original RFP
>>> (from two years ago) gave two months for dev. Needless to say, they
>>> chose not to engage us to build the app.
>>> So, they are an ideal candidate because I don't think there is
>>> any way
>>> they are going to get something useful through normal commercial
>>> channels, due to the lack of funds compounded by lack of
>>> of the nature of the beast.
>>>  http://www.trosainc.org/"
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>> Justin Gehtland
>> justin at thinkrelevance.com
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