Australian Federal Government gets serious about open source - What this means for Queensland
The Federal Government gets serious about open source. What this means for Queensland.
<ul><li>Presented by: </li></ul><ul><li>Damian Hickey </li></ul><ul><li>ZacWare CEO </li></ul><ul><li>16 th March 2011 </li></ul><ul><li>at the open source networking event sponsored by </li></ul><ul><li>Internet Information Bureau </li></ul><ul><li>Department of Employment, Economic Development and Innovation </li></ul><ul><li>Of the Qld Gov. </li></ul>
Fairly considering all types of software including open source
Reasons for Policy change open source software has matured Many governments around the world using open source open source can provide best practice and value for money
Previous policy from 2005 ‘ informed neutrality’ Unbiased position not favouring open source or proprietary software Promoting best ’value for money’ and ‘fit for purpose’
New considerations Open source technologies in all software procurement Procurement based on value for money Whole of life costs, capability, security, scalability, transferability, support and manageability Contracts over $80K open source to be considered equal to proprietary software
Community involvement Australian Government agencies will actively participate in open source software communities and contribute back where appropriate.
Queensland implications Following the feds is an inevitability Delaying change will cost Queensland jobs
Why? It’s in the numbers: 2009-2010 Qld Gov ICT Software Application spend: $423 million maintaining software $1.4 billion full replacement cost
Breakdown of annual Qld Gov software spend SAP 28% iSoft 17% 24% Other (150 companies with a median of $500,000 but very likely 3% or less developed in Qld) Internal custom 24% (mostly implementation of SAP/Oracle etc.) Mincom 2% (local) Niche 2% (Canadian)
Benefits of an elegant policy transition Part of that 24% purchases going local open source Foster local innovation Adopting best of breed practices Qld Gov slogan rings true: Strong, green, smart , healthy and fair
Community involvement benefit Actively participating in open source software communities and contribute back creates jobs in companies that sell globally.
Problems with recalcitrant approach Loss of opportunities A quantifiable loss of Qld jobs A continuation of anti-competitive tenders requesting Microsoft Sharepoint resellers A not smart state