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Subject:Re: Cost Analysis for FrameMaker From:Simon Gendreau <Simon -dot- Gendreau -at- PWC -dot- CA> Date:Tue, 29 Jun 1999 08:41:40 -0400
I agree 101% with Fabien comments. Take the time to print some messages found on
this list and give those to your super.
And ........ they hired because they trusted you so ........ isn't it ?
Fabien Vais wrote:
> Kari Alt wrote:
> >I just moved into a new Technical Writing job where the TechComm department
> >uses PageMaker for the majority of their technical user manuals which are on
> >average 100-200 pages long. I have expressed my concern to my supervisor
> >that PageMaker is not the right tool for the job and FrameMaker would be a
> >better choice. She agrees with me, but before I can order FrameMaker she
> >has asked me to create a cost analysis in terms of how much the department
> >can save by using FrameMaker instead of PageMaker (time spent formatting,
> >creating indexes, etc.). I have never done a cost analysis, and I am not
> >sure what needs to be included, items to consider, etc.
> >Do you have any resources, ideas, or tips that I could use?
> >Thank you in advance and let me know if you need any more information....
> I would say that I don't know how to do a serious cost analysis, and that
> that isn't what I was hired to do. And besides, I would tell my supervisor
> that there is plenty of documentation to the fact that FrameMaker is now the
> industry standard for the kind of work I am doing, and I shouldn't have to
> "prove" anything any more.
> What your super is asking for would take you hours, if not days to
> calculate, and would be based almost entirely on APPROXIMATIONS. Don't get
> sucked in.
> Fabien Vais
> Fabien Vais - Documentation Analyst
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