procurement

In December, the Italian government issued final rules implementing a change to procurement law that now requires all public administrations in the country to first consider re-used or free software before committing to proprietary licenses. Importantly, the new rules include an enforcement... Read more
0 comments Posted 22 Jan 2014 by Paul Brownell (Red Hat) Feed
duplication
If you’re familiar with any type of government procurement process, it usually involves an RFP—a request for proposal. But today, with declining revenues and limited resources, the approach to partnerships and getting work done may change within government in the near future. I forsee a shift from... Read more
10 comments Posted 4 Nov 2013 by Jason Hibbets (Red Hat) Feed
duplication
If you’re familiar with any type of government procurement process, it usually involves an RFP—a request for proposal. But today, with declining revenues and limited resources, the approach to partnerships and getting work done may change within government in the near future. I forsee a shift from... Read more
10 comments Posted 4 Nov 2013 by Jason Hibbets (Red Hat) Feed
foss networking
Talend, a licensor of open source enterprise software, has recently received a ruling from the U.S. Customs Service corroborating that its software complies with the Trade Agreements Act of 1979 (19 USC 2511 et seq.) Open source software adoption by the U.S. Federal government must comply with many... Read more
0 comments Posted 17 Dec 2012 by Fern Lavallee Feed
The next generation of open source software procurement models
Swedish Framework Agreement Overcomes FUD, Inertia, Risks and Other Barriers One year ago, the new Swedish framework agreement for the procurement of open source became active. Five suppliers were contracted to provide software and services. Central government, the public educational sector,... Read more
0 comments Posted 10 May 2012 by Adrian Offerman Feed
Pushing for open data? 3 steps to consider
Open Data is fast becoming a ‘hot topic’ in government. I’m proud to see my colleagues & fellow open gov supporters helping governments around the world launch their cloud-powered open data catalogues: from the Government of Columbia and the European Union, to the Canadian cities of Regina,... Read more
0 comments Posted 19 Mar 2012 by Nik Garkusha Feed
OpenForum Europe finds increase in IT procurement trademarks references
Report: 'Contracting authorities must take exit costs into account' Public administrations that are procuring IT services and software must add to the budget plan the exit costs needed to move to alternative IT solutions after the end of the contract period. That is one of the recommendations... Read more
0 comments Posted 16 Feb 2012 by Gijs Hillenius Feed
Levelling the playing field for procurement of open source solutions
The software market has changed. Government entities and the corporate market are now embracing open source software like never before, primarily for its twin attributes of cost-effectiveness and flexibility. IT departments are more educated on the risks and benefits, and now routinely use open... Read more
2 comments Posted 14 Dec 2011 by Richard Wyles Feed
Two countries, separated by a common IT market
The UK Cabinet Office has made no secret of its enthusiasm for open source software. They've provided a Government Action Plan, included open source in their ICT Strategy, and even provided an Open Source Procurement Toolkit for government buyers. They see the same benefits as their US counterparts... Read more
0 comments Posted 13 Dec 2011 by Gunnar Hellekson (Red Hat) Feed
The Open Source Procurement Toolkit: Still crippled by "free"
The recent release of the Open Source Procurement Toolkit by the Cabinet Office has been interesting and encouraging, even if it did stir in me a certain scepticism that things will be different this time round. Under both Labour and Conservative administrations, the Cabinet Office has been tasked... Read more
1 comment Posted 29 Nov 2011 by Simon Phipps Feed

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