[NCSG-FC] Looking forward: our collaboration with Wapix

Sam Lanfranco sam at lanfranco.net
Sun Sep 1 18:08:35 EEST 2019

For those who are new, or were not at the Marrakesh meeting, WAPIX.BR 
<http://wapix.br> has been hired to help better develop a CIVICRM 
Database management system to improve our membership approval processes, 
and better manage our membership database.

Sam L.

On 8/31/2019 4:19 PM, Raphaël Beauregard-Lacroix wrote:
> Dear all,
> I hope this email finds you well and that you are enjoying the last 
> days of August.
> Wapix is now done developing the backend application that tracks 
> requests for information that are routinely sent out by Maryam during 
> the new members' review process. We are now out of development blocks 
> with them, meaning they will not develop additional features for us 
> until we buy more blocks.
> There was a discussion in Marrakech regarding an eventual change of 
> provider, given the price of our current one. I think there would be 
> substantial risk in doing something like that, while also giving up on 
> a relatively good working relationship we now have with Wapix.
> So I will now reach out to Josh (our contact) to see what can be done 
> re development blocks; how much could they offer us and at what price. 
> Once he comes back with something, I will be back to you here.
> We would have some use for such blocks, notably for the front-end part 
> of the thing they just developed, as well as for various updates to 
> core components of the back-end.
> In the meantime:
> -If someone wants to embark on the great journey of figuring out an 
> alternative that would be cheaper, please declare yourself and do so!
> -Who would pay for such an additional expense? We just "bill" ICANN 
> like we do now? Something else?
> As an aside, I think the question above is also highly relevant for 
> those of you who may support changing provider, as surely such an 
> operation would involve a non-negligible amount of money to be paid to 
> such new provider for due diligence and other types of preliminary 
> assessments.
> The only option not involving any further money is doing nothing, 
> which is also an option. I.e. we pay the monthly fee and Wapix fixes 
> the small things that break here and there.
> And finally, thank you again Stephanie for accepting to literally lend 
> money to ICANN by making your credit card available for our provider's 
> recurring fee and patiently waiting for refunds...
> A nice day to all of you,
> Raphael
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