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Tim Willoughby Presentation to Cork Open Source Workshop - Introduction - whats Possible.

Tim Willoughby Presentation to Cork Open Source Workshop - Introduction - whats Possible.

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  • 1. Open Source in Local Government Tim Willoughby LGMA
  • 2. Context
    • Local Authority Termination of Microsoft Enterprise Agreement
    • Potential for Open Source Across the Sector
    • Open Source Applications already in Use
  • 3. Currently See 5 Themes
    • Desktop Application Replacement
    • Content Management System
    • Document Management
    • GIS
    • Back Office
      • Telephony
      • BI
      • Development (Traditional, Apps)
  • 4. What Are LGMA Doing ?
    • Open Source Workshops
      • Open Mind
    • Open Source RFI
      • Inventory of Skills and Abilities
    • 5 Category areas
      • CMS
      • Doc Management / Case / CRM
      • GIS
      • Back Office
      • Desktop Applications
  • 5. Met with
    • Accenture
    • Acquia (Drupal)
    • Alfresco
    • Azucca
    • Cloudware
    • Compass Informatics
    • Digital Alchemy
    • Digital Technology Mgmt
    • Dublin City of Science
    • eDocs
    • Enovation
    • iOl
    • IBM
    • IMGS
    • Indytech
    • Infinity (Asterix)
    • Interleaf
    • Kerna
    • LERO
    • MAC
    • Maithu
    • Mentea
    • Microsoft
    • Newgrove
    • OHanlonO’Dowd
    • Open Source Solutions
    • PMI
    • Propylon
    • Provident Technology
    • pTools
    • Sage
    • SecureLinux
    • SinglePoint
    • Sirius
    • Sord
    • SpanishPoint
    • Tara Hill
    • Tascomi
    • Titan
    • Triangle
  • 6. Local Authority Support
    • CMS (Drupal)
      • Cork, Fingal, Wicklow, South Dublin, Limerick City, LGMA….
    • Doc Management / Case / CRM (Alfresco, Sugar, vTiger)
      • Meath, Leitrim, South Dublin, Cork County
    • GIS (Open Layers, Map Server)
      • LGMA, Kildare, All
    • Back Office (PF Sense, MySQL, PostGres, PostMail, Zarafa, etc)
      • Limerick City, South Dublin, Cork County, Fingal
    • Desktop Applications (Libre Office, OpenProj, etc)
      • Galway City, Cork City, Limerick City, Cork County, Libraries
  • 7. Everyone else is using Open source…..
    • More than half of all web servers (>91 million) run Apache (September, 2010)‏
    • ~2.5 million total Alfresco downloads (Alfresco, 2010)‏
    • 2 million Drupal downloads last year (2010)‏
    • 2.5 million articles (in English alone) on wikipedia, the world's 8 th busiest web site according to Alexa (2010)‏
    • 6 million blogs hosted on wordpress.com which Alexa ranks as #28 (2010)‏
    • Drupal and Joomla web sites handle more traffic than 17 of the Fortune 20 corporate sites (Burton Group, 2008)‏
    OS Database Web/App Server Developer Tools Applications Cloud/SAAS Open Source
  • 8.  
  • 9. Understand the French Definition of Gratis v Libre
  • 10. The Dual Open Source Approach
    • This approach offers the most potential to Local Government.
    • There are certain products in the Open Source Arena that follow the Dual Approach
      • Alfresco - Web Site Development and Presentation
      • eGroupware - Mail / Calendar / Contacts / Helpdesk
      • SugarCRM – CRM application
      • MySQL
      • ... And many more
    • Each of these solutions offer an Enterprise Application which costs similar or in the case of CRM more than the equivalent proprietary product
    • Each also offer a Community product which has no cost for the license, however, the costs for support, maintenance and bug fixes can be very high.
    • The only way to counteract this cost Risk is to become an active part of the community or share the risk across the whole Local Government Community
  • 11. Why Consider Alternatives for Office Automation
    • Ease of access
    • Ability to collaborate
    • Open Platform (PC, Mac & Linux Compatibility)
    • Open Standard - Open Document Format -
    • Cost! MS Office 2007 / 2010 is €149 - €550 per license.
  • 12. Open Source Research and Learning to date
    • The Open Source Community is out there
    • There are Many, Many Open Source solutions
    • Open Source Successful projects are based around communities.
    • The route to success for Local Authorities is to mimic the Open Source Community model
    • There is an Opportunity now to look to adopt Open Source
  • 13. License
    • There are upward of 71 open source licenses which fall into 3 families:
    • Give me credit
    • Give me fixes
    • Give me everything
    • We do have to understand the differences and the potentials.
  • 14. Open Source Lowering Barriers for Entrants
    • Low cost and scalable infrastructure (Linux, MySQL, Apache)
    • Quality software available at no licenses cost
    • Key software components available for integration
    • Can make changes to Open source code for extra value
    • Development and run time environments for fast and iterative deployments (PHP, Perl, Python, Ruby on Rails)
    • Communities for instant help and fast innovation cycles
    • Open Source as a Engine for Web 2.0
  • 15.  
  • 16. What is Open Source
  • 17. What is Open Source
  • 18.  
  • 19.  
  • 20.  
  • 21. In other words.. All technologies
  • 22. Why Open Source?
  • 23. How to Integrate Open Source into our IT strategy
    • Insist on Open Standards - Increases Agility - flexibility and responsiveness Evaluate Open Source and Commercial software options
    • Can use a mixture of open source and proprietary
    • Don’t need a separate Strategy— interoperability I migration considerations are important
    • Like all Software Solutions – have to Balance up-front costs against recurring costs
  • 24. What do we have to do?
    • Understand the Community and Maturity of Open Source - Broad industry support are important
    • Sustainable business models are critical
    • Healthy ecosystem of Solution Providers and Business Partners essential
    • Establish policies for working with Open Source software
    • Educate company teams about OSS before they work with it
    • Implement a management system to review, approve, and track the use of OSS inside the company, and contributions of company software assets to external OSS projects
    • Understand Open Source Licensing – need to establish a process to help us understand the terms of the licenses and the procedures required to comply with them
    • Make decisions based on both business and technical factors
  • 25.  
  • 26. The World is changing
  • 27.  
  • 28. What are Other Governments doing?
    • The UK Government has agreed to:
      • consider Open source solutions alongside proprietary ones in IT procurements. Contracts will be awarded on a value for money basis
      • only use products for interoperability that support open standards and specifications in all future IT developments
      • seek to avoid lock-in to proprietary IT products and services.
    • Reasons –
      • 1. Cost Savings - Licensing Fees
      • 2. Solutions vs Software
      • 3. Speed to Deployment
      • 4. Cost Savings - IT Investments
      • 5. Open Source Standards & Security
  • 29.  
  • 30.  
  • 31. Bristol City
  • 32. Conclusions
    • Can be fanatic or a zealot, but the show must go on
    • A growing number of OSS Government communities across Europe
    • Every migration to Open Source Software needs a change programme and TCO to justify it
    • OSS need not be an all or nothing scenario nor the universal answer to IT future
    • The higher the dependence on proprietary office productivity software the bigger the task to move to OSS
    • Need to overcome the support issue