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Australian Federal Government gets serious about open source - What this means for Queensland
 

Australian Federal Government gets serious about open source - What this means for Queensland

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The Australian Federal Government has adopted a new software procurement policy recognising open source as equal to proprietary and supporting open source contributions and community involvement.

The Australian Federal Government has adopted a new software procurement policy recognising open source as equal to proprietary and supporting open source contributions and community involvement.

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    Australian Federal Government gets serious about open source - What this means for Queensland Australian Federal Government gets serious about open source - What this means for Queensland Presentation Transcript

    • The Federal Government gets serious about open source. What this means for Queensland.
      • Presented by:
      • Damian Hickey
      • ZacWare CEO
      • 16 th March 2011
      • at the open source networking event sponsored by
      • Internet Information Bureau
      • Department of Employment, Economic Development and Innovation
      • Of the Qld Gov.
    • 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