SANTA CRUZ - An association of SCO Unix developers is looking to Australia for new members, according its secretary, Franco Giannotti.
Known as APC Open, the association was originally aimed at SCO's premier resellers and Advanced Product Centres in the US, but has broadened its appeal to include all resellers and systems developers involved with SCO Unix.
"All we ask is that member organisations can demonstrate they have been in business at least three years and have competency in Unix," said Giannotti, who is also president of St Louis-based Vanmar Systems. He was speaking at the SCO Forum - an international event for SCO partners, users and others interested in Unix technologies.
APC Open now has about 70 members in the US. It provides support to its members and acts as a sounding board for major vendors including hardware companies such as IBM.
The organisation charges no fees for members. "Funding comes largely from vendors that see us as a powerful group of systems integrators and software developers with a lot of experience in Unix," Giannotti explained.
Although funded by vendors, Giannotti said APC Open regarded itself as an independent organisation,"As well as acting as a sounding board for vendors, we can represent individual members to vendors that are more likely to take notice of an organisation such as ours," said Giannotti.
Members also network with each other on problem solving and passing on leads they cannot handle.
"We look forward to welcoming our first members in Australia," Giannotti said.
APC Open is about to start publishing a newsletter. It has further information in the Business 21 area of SCO's Web site: www.sco.com.
You can also contact APC Open at apcopen @ venmar.com.
Note: John Costello travelled to SCO Forum as a guest of SCO.