FR: Marseille to switch to Op…

FR: Marseille to switch to OpenOffice

Published on: 17/04/2008

The city council of Marseille, France's second largest city, wants to switch to Open Office. The city issued a call for tender early this month.

The city council outlined its plans for the migration to the Open Source suite of office applications in the "Bulletin Officiel des annonces des marches publics", the publication for all tenders for government projects, on 1 April.

The city council is requesting "assistance for the migration to the free office suite". The call for tender is valid until the 23 April and details requirements to be met by interested companies.

How many of the city's workstations are to be migrated is not disclosed. The city has about 820,000 inhabitants.

Marseille wants help with two phases of the migration. It is asking for basic assistance services such as consulting, change management and IT training, simple support issues and packaging of OpenOffice.

For the second phase of the project, the city council requests assistance for training of non-IT staff, awareness programmes, on-site support, conversion of document macros and other OpenOffice expertise. How much of this second phase assistance is needed, will depend on the first phase, the city council writes. The project is expected to last 18 months.

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