>>On 24 June 1997 13:32, Cheryl Warner <[log in to unmask]> wrote :
>I recently recieved a request from a southern African agribusiness
>conglomerate which is seeking to incorporate information technology
>their daily business practices. The agribusiness company is seeking
>"information on what businesses should and can develop local and/or
>area networks. More specifically, can this be done without securing
>I realize that this is a very generalized question. But could anyone
>provide insight, tips or professional experience in response to this
You're very right, it is vague. What baffles me most is the part
"specifically, can this be done without securing expert assistance."
What do they mean? Are they wanting a system to run their business, but
they don't want to involve experts in getting it up, or must the system
be operated by non-experts?
In the first case ... PASS PLEASE! But in the latter case (wanting a
simple system interface, written for users with little or no computer
experience) I am sure I can (hesitantly - because of the lack of info)
offer some knowledge and experience to the conglomerate. I am a
consultant, currently at a South African computer company that has
branches in various other African countries, and I have been involved in
developing and successfully implementing large financial systems in
semi-government and corporate clients in African states. This company
has expertise ranging from initial survey, through design, development,
implementation and support of software, as well as network skills to
spec, design, install and maintain the hardware.
I would be willing to look at any information that can be made available
to me, in order to help and/or refer the company to the right contacts.