Todd Pillars described a framework that facilitates the delivery of affordable technology utilizing Open Source solutions and support professionals. Bringing the customer’s process needs and the advantages of Open Source solution implementations together. How many people have been waiting for the Open Source community to deliver an alternative to proprietary software? SWMITI offers the opportunity to accomplish that for both customers and computer professionals.
SWMITI has recently been established to foster acceptance of open source software, particularly the Linux operating system, in education, not-for-profit, business, and government organizations in the Southwest Michigan area. It is the hope of this initiative that we will become the place for educators, businesses, and entities that seek information, education, and collaboration with others that have a desire to increase the productivity and also the security of their computing environment. The mission of SWMITI is to stimulate economic development through learning, collaboration, and implementation of open source projects.
What exactly does SWMITI do?
The short answer; we show small organizations and companies how to do more, and better, with their computers while saving them money.
The long answer; We help anyone interested in increasing security, reliability, and productivity while decreasing costs associated with technology expenditures identify legacy and proprietary modes of operations that can, and should, be replaced by open standard systems and applications.
Whether your organization is a school, church, small business, not for profit entity, or government office our combined decades of computer and networking experience will show you these 6 things.
1) We can assist you to identify and quantify technology requirements. 2) We will show you how to get your computing and networking costs in line with your business goals. 3) We can help you to regain control of your computing resources and make them work for you. 4) We help identify how and when proprietary methods cost you money twice, in productivity and cold hard cash. 5) We highlight security issues and how they impact you daily. 6) We show why proprietary software vendors DO NOT have your best interests at heart.
If you can say any one of these 6 items affects your organization, we need to sit down and talk for an hour, at no cost or obligation to you. We can help, all you have to do is ask, and we will show you how!
Todd Pillars, founder of Terrabytes Data Storage Solutions and Modublox Computer Equipment, has over 8 years of experience in Information Technology as both CIO and CTO. His focus has been mainly in Linux Research and Development, exploring a variety of open source software projects and verifying OS hardware compatibility. Current projects include organizing a laboratory setting for Educators, SMB's, and NFP's to assess Linux deployment. Todd is a native of S.W. Michigan and makes his home in Kalamazoo.