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InfoWorld: Contracting Clout

Jan 14, 2003, 02:30 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Chad Dickerson)

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"Curt Aubley, CTO of IT Solutions for Lockheed Martin Information Technology, helps align technology for the company's division that offers technology services, developing solutions for customers that include everything from the the departments of Defense and Health and Human Services to private sector corporations...

"I wanted to ask you about how open-source technology figures into your environment, and how open source affects your approach with customers, if it does affect it.

"Well, a few years ago, because we do a lot of work in government, and we do a fair amount of work in commercial, it wasn't popular to use open source. Because years ago, there was a lot of proprietary, so if you bought one thing you were stuck. And then we got into more open systems, Unix, Windows... And now we're kind of coming full circle to where the pricing on the commercial products has gotten so high and open source (which is truly open source, where you can see the source code and everything else), [has] such a broad support group across the world with the Internet..."

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