Really, I am sorry they decided to move things offsite. While the cloud may have its place, I personally am not fond of not being in control of your data. I still have several SBS03 installations out there and we have had to upgrade the disks several times, everything is working as it should and there are no immediate upgrade plans for either. In fact, I have another potential client that would do well by getting a used SBS03 server as it would keep their costs down and aside from MS dropping support on it, is a great entry level server.
Anyway, I was wonder if you would be willing to share what you ended up with as far as billable hours. Did you bill separately at a different rate for the research, and then another rate for the onsite work? Are you willing to share the total number of hours billed for this job?
I tend to give away the house just to get the job and in today's economy getting the job has not been easy therefore doing a bit of starving here. In most cases my research has not been billable and that is a huge part of the project.
I would just like to know how others are doing. Otherwise, good article and I am looking forward to part two. Can't say I agree with the move to the cloud, but while I may not be doing it, I am aware of many that are and have been very happy with it. So the jury is still out for me.
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