software procurement

Three things that need to change for government to open source all software it creates.
14 comments Posted 14 Aug 2014 by Ben Balter 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
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
Free and open source software
As I wrote previously concerning indemnity, I constantly encounter both governments and companies claiming they have policies permitting or even favouring open source software. Yet there's still a huge amount of proprietary software being procured by them.
0 comments Posted 21 Feb 2011 by Simon Phipps Feed
All over the world, I encounter both governments and companies claiming they have a policy permitting or even favouring open source software--indeed, the new President of Brazil just issued a decree on that subject. Yet when you actually look at what they are doing, you find that there's still a... Read more
3 comments Posted 15 Feb 2011 by Simon Phipps Feed
Graham Taylor of OpenForum Europe (OFE) and  Karsten Gerloff of Free Software Foundation Europe (FSFE) cite standardization policy as the principal battleground for free software & open source communities in Europe.  As Taylor observes, “We [OFE] identified that 90% of the public sector had... Read more
0 comments Posted 16 Jun 2010 by Josh Lawson (Red Hat) Feed