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Marginal or Mainstream?

Aug 26, 2007, 20:00 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by David Raths)

"From Bill Welty's perspective, the advantages of open source software extend far beyond cost savings. The CIO of California's Air Resources Board (ARB) said the real benefits involve increased agility, responsiveness to internal clients and team-building among his IT staff of 50.

"'We are a can-do shop,' he said, explaining that IT staffers and agency engineers collaborate to solve problems. There's an expectation that IT can do things quickly, and staff members have little patience for procurement cycles. 'In fact,' he added, 'we have a lot of smart engineers who download open source software themselves, and if they think it is going to work for them, they ask IT to put it on a server and support it...'"

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