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» Are you tired of constant software upgrades with no defined payback?
» Would you like to get more value out of your information technology investments?
» Want to learn more about "open source" and its free distribution model?

Answered yes to any of these?

We can help.


20 cents for your dollar is a terrible value proposition.

20%! You pay top dollar for a software package and use 20% of the features. That's the norm. It's like buying a big, expensive automobile and never driving faster than 15 miles per hour and never carrying any passengers. Maybe you should call the vendor and ask for an 80% refund.

And that's not the only problem. The complexity and overhead of these packages is costing you plenty. Learning time, user errors, more expensive systems to accommodate them and annual support contracts add up fast.

Vendors and suppliers constantly pushing you to upgrade to the latest release or risk being left without support. There must be a better way!

There are alternatives and the savings can be huge.

Have you heard of open source software? You will. It's hot. Very hot! There is no charge for the software. Let me state that again…there is no charge for the software. You may pay for packaging and support but those costs are a fraction of what you're paying now and don't always apply.

This may sound incredible but it's not. What if we told you that IBM, HP and Sun supply open source software? Don't believe it. Check out these links:

That's only the beginning. There is an abundance of open source software available from desktop applications to operating systems to enterprise server applications.

Automating your business doesn't have to cost a fortune.

We can create an open software roadmap for your business. We'll meet with you and your staff to get a detailed perspective of what software you're using and how. With this information, we'll show you what's available in the open source community that can perform the same functions at much lower cost.

You'll be surprised to learn that in most cases you'll have several options from which to choose. It doesn't have to be an all or nothing proposition either. You can move your software environments to open source over time as your current packages reach end of life. Mixed environments are the norm.

We can provide complete installation and support services or work with your current systems provider to migrate your existing data.

You'll get a plan and a financial model.

The plan will show you where, when and how to migrate from your existing software to open source equivalents. There may or may not be data migration issues to resolve. If so, the plan will show exactly what you need to do.

The financial model will show you how much money can be saved by making the switch. It could be anywhere from a few thousand dollars per year to tens of thousands depending on the size of your company or workgroup.

The longer you wait, the more it costs you.

If you'd like more information about the open-source movement, read our article called "Open Vs. Closed Source".

Globe Map

Many Hands!

Software developers around the world work in concert on open source projects. Some of them are paid by big companies who generate indirect revenue from their efforts, Others are engaged in a labor of love. Writing software is a hobby. They seek peer recognition, not financial reward.

Regardless of the motivations and rewards, open source is a powerful force. Surf over to SourceForge™, a repository for open source.

You'll find over 86,000 projects listed. Incredible! Not all of them are software development projects. There is redundancy. Some of them are dead on the vine. But that still leaves tremendous activity.

An open source solution won't work for everyone. That's why DAMICON also has a close relationship with Microsoft, arguably the best software company on the planet.

Our Open Software Program is about giving you options. Empowering you to make informed decisions.