procurement

Two countries, separated by a common IT market

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...Read more

The Open Source Procurement Toolkit: Still crippled by "free"

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...Read more

GOSCON: Open source beyond cutting costs

GOSCON: Open source beyond cutting costs
The Government Open Source Conference, masterfully curated by Deb Bryant and the good people at the Oregon State University Open Source Lab, is one...Read more

Let's think (and be) bigger about open source and government procurement

Last time I covered two reports assessing a potential move by The Netherlands government toward the use of more open source software. The commonality...Read more

Open standards: The sentinel principle

The idea of standards stretches back many years. While competition is good, competition around basic attributes of products in mature markets can...Read more

Cost savings in The Netherlands: Now you see it, now you don't

The Open Source Observatory flashed an eye-popping headline last week: “Moving to open source would save [The Netherlands] government one to four...Read more

Open source procurement: Subscriptions

When you procure proprietary software, you buy a right-to-use license and then a support agreement. But when you buy open source, you already have...Read more

Open source procurement: Copyrights

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...Read more