>On Fri, 25 Jun 1999, Tom Pilsch spewed into the bitstream:
><snipped some very good points which merit thought>
>> Bottom Line:  We need to ask ourselves why we are taking this journey.  Are
>> we trying to establish a noncommercial standard to enhance the acceptable
>> of Linux as a mainstream operating system and thereby have a major positive
>> impact on our industry, or are we trying to establish a revenue stream?
>The former, obviously, but it appears at this point that we cannot sustain the
>the one without the other. Unless someone can see a way to do it that we
>>haven't yet thought of, and that may well be the best result to this

Is there a business plan for LPI?  What are estimated expenses (fixed and
variable)?  How many exams can we expect to administer each year?  What is
the model for the examination process (how much for LPI and how much for
the actual exam administrator?)  Will this be a one-time certification or a
periodic  recertification, like a license?  What other services will the
Institute provide (membership, publications.)?  Etc., etc.

There is a lot of crystal ball gazing involved with this, but these are the
kind of questions that need to be answered.  To establish a healthy revenue
stream and then ask "What are we going to do with it?" smacks of the way
too many local governments operate and will turn off our potential

Again, I suggest we use the Project Management Institute (www.pmi.org) as a
benchmark.  There undoubtedly are other nonprofit professional focus
organizations we could use as well.  Should we start contacting them for

        Tom Pilsch

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