The following email was sent to the Firebird Foundation Committee. Because it is of interest to general users of Firebird, we requested and received permission from the author to reprint it here.
27th March 2005
I want to take a few moments to thank you for your work. In addition, I'd like to introduce myself, my team and product to the foundation.
My name is Angel Magaņa. I am the product manager for a CRM solution called "GoldMine" which has been available to the US market for the last 15 years.
I have had the pleasure of seeing this product mature from a little known Clipper based DOS application to one that is a leader in its market. It has been equally exciting to see us adopt a variety of emerging technologies, in some cases, years ahead of their time, and in others, they continue to be unique to our product.
The GoldMine team feels we are once again about to reach another similarly exciting time and would like to formally establish relationships with the foundation.
Within the next few months, we will be releasing the 7.0 version of our product. Amongst the various options we will include with this release, there is one of special significance which brings me to this message. With this release we will be moving all of our non MS-SQL users to FireBird.
By default, our retail product will ship with the FireBird database and MS-SQL users will have the option of using it as well. We believe we are the first application within our market space to provide such outright support for Open Source and are more than happy to contribute whatever assistance we can provide to make Open Source more prevalent.
(In fact, there are other Open Source projects we also use, e.g. Xerces, and plan on supplying an integration piece to OpenOffice soon.)
We believe this will generate a large amount of attention for FireBird, especially since we are one of Microsoft's largest resellers. It is our hope that we would be able to collectively work on promoting FireBird and Open Source by leveraging GoldMine's brand name.
Please feel free to contact me at your convenience so we may discuss options the foundation would feel are worthy of further exploration. I look forward to hearing from you.
Angel Alexander Magaņa
Technical Product Manager
FrontRange Solutions USA Inc.
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