Allinson further added that Opennet’s special SMB package offering will be a welcome option for customers that recognise open source’s essential role in meeting the needs of a challenging marketplace. Opennet hopes to help SMBs in the region reduce costs on IT support with these new options. The new support packages will help customers better deal with the economic conditions and make it easier for them to buy and deploy open source software.
Opennet is committed to helping SMBs become more productive, more efficient, and more effective by enabling them to maximise the return on their investment in open source solutions. The company is helping them create value that extends to their customers and, ultimately, to competitive differentiation and the bottom line.
Opennet hopes to offer these packages through strategic partnerships with select channel partners across the region.
Ten years of content creation, strategising and managing the big picture. I write across various subjects and media including print, online, documentaries, television, advertising and marketing-communication. Currently, as the editor of SME Advisor Middle East – a magazine for small and medium enterprises – I handle print, online initiatives, magazine events and business development. Prior to this, I worked with ZK McCann Tanzania, handling brand strategy and campaigns in Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda and Malawi for clients such as Celtel (telecom), CRDB (bank), TANESCO (electricity), TTCL (telecom), PSI (Population Services International—an NGO), TCC (Tanzania Cigarette Company), TBL (Tanzania Breweries Limited), Mwananchi and The Citizen newspapers, Coke, Gapco (petrol), Hitachi, and more. In India, besides working with various publications, I was also a lead content developer with Tata Interactive Systems, an e-learning company that caters to top international clients. My job involved understanding instructional design fundamentals to design and develop educational and training content ranging across K-12, university, corporate and government lines of businesses.