When:  THURSDAY, May 19th, 2005    (3rd Thursday)

     Where:  Alliance for Downtown NY Conference Facility
             Downtown Center
             104 Washington Street
             South West Corner of Wall Street Area
             Downtown, New York City

      Time:  6:15 PM - 6:25 PM  Registration
             6:25 PM - 6:45 PM  Ask the Wizard, Questions,
                                Answers and Current Events
             6:45 PM - 7:00 PM  Unigroup Business and Announcements
             7:00 PM - 9:30 PM  Main Presentation

     Topic:  Getting Your Manager to Approve Open Source

  Speaker:   Maria Winslow,
             Author of "The Practical Manager's Guide to Open Source",
             Contributing Editor, LinuxWorld Magazine.


   The media keeps publishing articles about the pros and cons of
   Open Source in the enterprise.  Those of us who have been using
   Open Source for many years, certainly do know and understand its
   many benefits.  Nevertheless, it can still remain a challenge to
   convince others to allow its use in the enterprise.  Unigroup's
   May 2005 meeting on "Getting Your Manager to Approve the use of
   Open Source" will attempt to directly address this challenge.
   In her professional work, Maria Winslow, has been directly
   addressing the use of Open Source in the Commercial Enterprise
   in recent years, and she will share her insights with us at
   this month's Unigroup meeting.



   Getting Your Manager to Approve Open Source

   The grass roots efforts of system administrators have brought
   Linux and other open source software into the enterprise,
   frequently under the radar.  But to take the next step in open
   source advocacy at work, you need to speak the language of
   management and convince them from their point of view.  We will
   discuss the right and wrong ways to present your case, why your
   audience makes all the difference (technical manager versus
   non-technical business owner), how to really hook them with proof
   of cost savings, and two secret weapons in your quest to promote
   open source.


   Web Resources:

     Maria's Book: "The Practical Manager's Guide to Open Source"

     Maria @ LinuxWorld Magazine: Practical Open Source


   Speaker Biography:

   As an open source business analyst, Maria Winslow assists clients
   in understanding the technical and budgetary impact open source
   software will have on their computing environments.  Her recent
   book, "The Practical Manager's Guide to Open Source", guides IT
   directors and system administrators through the process of finding
   practical uses for open source that will integrate seamlessly into
   existing infrastructures, as well as understanding the costs
   and savings.  Maria is a frequent speaker on the budgetary impact
   of open source, and is a contributing editor at LinuxWorld



   O'Reilly has been kind enough to provide us with some of their
   books, which we will continue to raffle off as giveaways at our

   Addison-Wesley Professional/Prentice Hall PTR has been kind
   enough to provide us with some of their books, which we will
   continue to raffle off as giveaways at our meetings.

   Unigroup would like to thank both companies for the support
   provided by their User Group programs.

   Note: The chances tend to be about 1 in 5, that any attendee of
   our meeting will walk away with a fairly valuable giveaway
   (ie. most books are valued between $30 and $60)!

   ** We also received a pile of Sun Solaris 10 DVDs from our
      friends at the NYC Sun Office.
      First dibs will go to attendees of our Solaris 10
      meeting who did not receive one directly from Sun.  We
      gave out a pile of these DVDs at last month's meeting.

   ** Maria will also be bringing a copy of her book to raffle off.


   Fee Schedule:
       Yearly Membership (includes all meetings):      $ 50.00
       Non-Member Single Meeting:                      $ 20.00
       Student Yearly Membership:                      $ 20.00
       Non-Member Student Single Meeting (with ID):    $  5.00
       Payment Methods: Cash, Check, American Express.


   Complimentary Food and Refreshments will be served.  This includes
   "wraps" such as turkey, roast beef, chicken, tuna and grilled
   vegetables as well as assorted salads (potato, tossed,
   pasta, etc), cookies, bottled water and assorted beverages.



     Alliance for Downtown NY Conference Facility
     Downtown Center
     104 Washington Street
     Wall Street Area
     Downtown, New York City

   This building is located on the West side of the street, the
   second building north of Rector Street.  Cross Streets:
   Between Rector (South) and Carlisle (North) Streets.

   Our meeting location is in the Lower West Corner of Downtown,
   North of the Battery Tunnel, South of the Downtown Hotel,
   East of West Street, and West of Greenwich Street.  Walking West
   on Rector Street from Broadway, you pass Church, Greenwich then
   Washington Streets.

   There are multiple blocks of parking lots right there, between
   Washington and Greenwich Streets, starting at the Battery Tunnel
   and extending North for a number of blocks.

   Nearest mass transit stations, in order, are the '1/9' (Rector
   Street), 'R/W' (Rector Street) and the '4/5' (Wall Street).


   Please mark this meeting on your calendar and join us!
   Please tell your friends about Unigroup!


I hope to see you all at our next meeting!

-Rob Weiner
 Unigroup Executive Director
 unilist (at) unigroup.org

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