Enterprise Grade Software & Managed Services

LOCUS PLEXUS delivers organizations enterprise-grade open source software and managed services—identification, procurement, implementation, and management—to extend operational capacity while reducing the total cost of ownership. Start-ups, small businesses, non-profit organizations, government agencies, and educational institutions partner with LOCUS PLEXUS to expand their IT resources through open source software and dedicated (contracted) support. LOCUS PLEXUS works across collaborative communities of practice to identify and deliver high quality, business-ready open source software solutions and dedicated managed services to organizations whose focus is not on or in Information Technology services or support.


LOCUS PLEXUS...
"the center of your network".

Engaging

"Engaging"

Business analysis and enterprise-ready software recommendations align operations with your community.

Just starting? What software do you need to run your organization? Should you install desktop applications, or are there online versions available? How do you find and assess all the options out there? You already have plenty of questions to answer and challenges to meet in starting up or running an organization. Let LOCUS PLEXUS find the right software to enable your work and realize your vision. Best of all, because we only serve and support open source software, you'll enjoy a full suite of business software without any costly software licensing fees or facing the risk of long-term vendor lock-in.

Re-evaluating? What's running where, why, and scariest of all... how? Many organizations simply don't know or understand what's running behind their screens, relying on poorly understood systems and expensive services that are rarely used or under-utilized. Unfortunately, many organizations are sold more than what they need. Let LOCUS PLEXUS help you understand your current software portfolio and identify new tools to complement your existing infrastructure or, even better, options to replace costly proprietary systems.

Neutral and unbiased evaluations. The open source software community offers a great variety of high-quality desktop and enterprise applications to fulfill your organization's business needs. Knowledgeable and skilled service providers support each of these. LOCUS PLEXUS works within these communities to review open source software options and assess each service provider we recommend to our clients. Our Open Source Maturity Model is an industry-leading approach for evaluating the readiness of both the open source software we recommend and the service providers who support that software.

LOCUS PLEXUS helps organizations identify high-quality, business-ready, open source software that aligns with their individual business practices, specific goals, and unique community whether that is desktop software, internally managed network systems, remotely hosted enterprise applications, or shared cloud services.

Community Plan: Community Plan: consulting services to help you identify appropiate open source alternatives to your current proprietary systems,
Price: Free (Details below).

Enabling

"Enabling"

Open source software solutions reduce costs and increase functionality to extend your operational and organizational capacity.

Locked in? One choice is no choice! Too many organizations only have one option for the implementation, hosting, and support of their mission-critical software: the sole provider who sold them the proprietary software—it's called "vendor lock-in." If you can't choose another service provider to help you maintain and support your business-critical software, you're locked in. If you can't find a new hosting provider to run your business-critical software, you're locked in.

Support options? As a business, you should understand your software, support, and service options—yes, you have options, not just those a proprietary software vendor can sell you. The right support and services for your organization may mean training interanl staff, engaging with a local support consultant, partnering with a remote service provider, or even joining an open source project's community of practice. LOCUS PLEXUS understands the value and importance of choice in technology as an enabler of your organization and a foundation for your success. Your organization is unique; your work is specific; your goals are distinctive. Software and services should complement, not constrict, your business practices, your operations, and your community.

Committed community collaborators. Open source software is developed and maintained by global communities of practice with expertice in today's latest technologies spanning every industry. Now that open source is playing such a critical role, just as important as choosing the right software is finding the right support. LOCUS PLEXUS has identified some of the open source software community's most dependable and dedicated service providers to help you and your organization make the most out of the open source software you have deployed. Our extensive evaulation process accesses each service provider's domain of expertise, scope of business, and customer satisfaction, in order to provide you, our clients, the support, service and security you expect.

LOCUS PLEXUS works on your behalf to contract and procure highly-qualified, third-party service providers to support your open source software and systems, the business-critical roles they play, and the organization that relies on their availibility.

Implementation Plan: In addition to consulting services described above, contracting and procurement for support services through thrid-party providers.
Price: One time fee equal to 10% of current/comparable proprietary licensing fees (Details below).

Enhancing

"Enhancing"

Dedicated support ensures access, personalization, and innovation to differentiate your organization and your work.

Future proof? Many organizations are hostage to the companies that enable their technology infrastructure—and thus, arguabley, enable thier business. How might your organization be affected if a company or support provider for your critical software went out of business, was aquired, discontinued a product or service, or changed it's business model or services.

Standard or stand out? Proprietary software and systems, by design, provide every customer (like your organization) the same features, functionality, experience, and thus, opportunities. And because your organization is limited in how it can interact with the software, your community is limited in how they can interact with your organization. Chnages to the standard version are discouraged by software vendors, and if custimzations are needed, they are expensive and limited in scope. Open source software provides users flexibility and encourages adaption and modification, allowing your organization to stand out from others.

Accomplished open source managers. Open source software and the communities that support it are composed of peers working across industries. As a cohort of collaborators, the continued success of open source software projects and the organizations that use it requires unique skills focused on co-creation and cooperation. LOCUS PLEXUS doesn't sell software, we serve our clients by managing their support services while promting the community by fostering collaboration and co-creation. With such a large community of contributors LOCUS PLEXUS clients have a waelth of support options, consulting services, custom developers, service priders, and others to support their critical systems.

LOCUS PLEXUS works and advocates for you and your organization only, not a software company or service provider. If something doesn't fit, we'll find you the right options until you're satisfied. LOCUS PLEXUS partners with organizations in the identification, implementation, and maintenance of critical business software and related services. LOCUS PLEXUS enhances organizational and operational capacity through contrcting and maintenance services.

  1. Maintenance & Analysis, LOCUS PLEXUS Contract Management is the process of managing contracts, deliverables, deadlines, contract terms and conditions while ensuring customer satisfaction. LOCUS PLEXUS works for you directly, as your agent, representing your interests—not those of a software vendor or a service provider—to enable the continuous delivery of your core software, allowing you to focus on your organization's success, not the demands of IT infrastructure.

Management Plan: In addition to consulting and contracting services described above, oversight and management of third-party service providers.
Price: Annual charge equal to 25% of current/comparable proprietary licensing fees (Details below).

Plans and Pricing

LOCUS PLEXUS plans and pricing are based on the services brokered to third-party support providers on behalf of you, our client. Working with LOCUS PLEXUS, you choose the specific type and level of services required to ensure your staff, customers, and organization are well supported. LOCUS PLEXUS then identifies software-specific experts from our pool of pre-screened, highly-qualified consultants and companies and, as your agent, negotiates service agreements that delivers the types and levels of support your organization expects.

Your actual price point for each plan is determined by the current licensing fees of comparable proprietary software.

LOCUS PLEXUS maintains relationships with open source software developers, communities, foundations, consultants, and companies to ensure access to the broadest collection of experts working in support of open source software. These relationships serve you and your organization, ensuring expertise is always avaialble, and experience is always on hand no matter what open source software you choose, the type of organization you are, or the community you serve.

  Community Plan: Consulting
Free
Implementation Plan: Contracting
10% your current licensing fees
Management Plan: Collaboration
25% your current licensing fees

Identify

Work with you and your team to identify the right open source software solutions to not only enable but enhance your business.

Install

Installation of your selected open source software on local desktop computers, laptops, and internal or remote servers ensuring the software is available to all staff who require access as well as any customers or other parties.

Liaise with contractors on behalf of client to ensure complete and high quality installation.

Configure

Configuration of all software inline with individual, departmental, and organizational requirements

Represent client in the configuration of all software by contractors to meet operational requirements.

Migrate

Identification, batching, and migration of all relevant content from your legacy system(s) to your new open source software.

Oversee content and data migration by contractors between legacy and new systems.

Maintain

Maintenance of your systems and services with regular patching and updates.

Regular review and updating of contract(s) and terms with service and support consultants/contractors.

Support

Access to training and help desk services to support your software and team.

Ongoing contract management to ensure client's service levels and expectations are met.

Integrate

Integration of your organization's related systems, services, and software.

Coordinate with client the integration of systems, services, and software.

Develop

Customization of your open source software to meet your unique needs.

Monitor and advise the customization of software by contractors on behalf client.