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By steven ·
I would like get sample documents on how to present a request for an exception to a a board that has established a committee to determine organizational standards. The committee is called Approved Standards Committee (ASO) and has deteremined that their e-mail standard will be GroupWise (Oregon Based Company) and I need to present both technical and business reasons why we (in Washington) should stay with Exchange. In addition they have established a standard for e-mails to be first letter offirst name and last name (jhancock) where we have 11 years of clients reaches us at johnh.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you.

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by timwalsh In reply to Approved Standard Committ ...

I don't think you find any examples for this type of document. You might ask the committee if they have a preferred format. At any rat, your document needs tobe coherent and flow smoothly. Make sure you put forward your arguments unemotionally.
Try to determine what the committee's business case was for adopting the standards they did. To be successful, you will need to significantly counter their business case.

You probably don't have much of an argument as far as the naming convention goes. All the email administrator would need to do is create aliases using the old naming convention for each user mailbox to enable clients to still reach people using the the old convention. However, the time needed to create these aliases could be used when talking financial aspects of the change.

You will need to prove why Exchange is superior to Groupwise (which means you need to learn everything you can about Groupwise).

You will need to talk about the financial aspects (probably the biggest business reason for doing - or not doing - anything) of changing. What are the costs associated with purchasing and implementing a new email system for your location? Some of these costs are easy to quantify - software purchase, hardware upgrades, training classes, instructional material, etc. Other costs will be difficult to quantify - lost productivity as employees grapple with a new system, time lost migrating users from one system to another, increased support costs during the transition, etc. You need to look long term vs. only immediate costs.

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by Don Christner In reply to Approved Standard Committ ...

It sounds as though the decision has already been made. Keep in mind that if they do force a change on you, that you can still use your existing email addresses. In Exchange and most likely in GroupWise, you can set up jhancock@ as the main address and still have johnh@ as an alias. This way you comply with the new regime and do not have to lose any email from existing contacts.

Don

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