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From:Paul DuBois Date:November 1 2001 2:59am
Subject:Re: Selling MySQL to Government
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At 2:23 AM +0000 11/1/01, Alex Kirk wrote:
>Today, I started a temporary position at the US Export/Import Bank. 
>They're a government agency that provides loans and other financing 
>servies to small exporters and importers who can't get funds from 
>their local banks.
>They put me to work cleaning up the database of their marketing 
>division, which sends out direct mail, faxes, and e-mails, among 
>other things. Besides being poorly organized, etc., there's a 
>serious flaw: they're using MS Access 2000 to manage over 350K 
>While speaking with my boss, she mentioned that they were looking to 
>go away from Access, as it crashed regularly and had major trouble 
>handling that big of a load. They were particularly concerned, since 
>the database is projected to grow to 1 million records in the next 
>year or two. I mentioned MySQL as a possible solution, explained the 
>concept of open-source software, and got her intrigued.
>I'm very much uncertain about how to take the next step, though. I'd 
>like to be able to present her with a good sales pitch for MySQL, 
>but I don't really know enough about it to make one up (I'm still 
>very much a newbie to it, though I do like it so far). Since I'm 
>sure this sort of thing has come up before, I'm wondering if you can 
>point me to any good resources, particularly as they might relate to 
>the US Gov't, banks, or direct mailing agencies.
>Thanks in advance for any help you can provide.
>Alex Kirk

This might help you make your case (something I wrote).

Migrating from Microsoft Access to MySQL:

Selling MySQL to GovernmentAlex Kirk1 Nov
  • Re: Selling MySQL to GovernmentGary Huntress1 Nov
    • Re: Selling MySQL to GovernmentJeremy Zawodny1 Nov
  • Re: Selling MySQL to GovernmentPaul DuBois1 Nov