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Queensland State Government Considering Open Source Future August 6, 2008

Posted by Glenn Irvine in Blog, Commentary, Competitive.
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The Queensland State Government CIO’s Office has circulated a Discussion Paper in the local Industry, looking for commentary about an Open Source Future for the State Government. Queensland has a State Government Workforce nearing 200,000 and considerations for Open Source is always of interest to the Lotus Community.

IBM’s Strategic decision to build on and support Open Source Foundations (Eclipse Development platform, Support for Linux, Lotus Symphony, Lotus Foundations etc) has a great potential to pay off whenever a large organisation considers this path. Many Governments, particularly in Europe have gone down this path of late, and it is only logical that others are now starting to consider the cost savings.

Gone are the days of complaining that the Open Source community does not have a solid support model, with examples like Alfresco, building a corporate-worthy support model around an open source product.

With the Premier also recently giving the Government CIO more power to reign in stray departments, I’ll be watching the results of this discussion paper with interest…

Regards,

Glenn Irvine
glenn.irvine@thelotusposition.net

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