Open Source and the Federal Budget Squeeze, Part 2
Nov 23, 2010, 20:32 (0 Talkback[s])
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""Potential government customers require the same backing as the
private sector -- such as support and training, service level
assurances and code quality, said 451 Group analyst Jay Lyman. "But
vendors often still don't match up with government procurement
procedures or certified vendor lists. "Attaining government
certification or listing is the perfect role for a commercial
organization backing an open source project."
"Part 1 of this two-part series takes a look at some of the
reasons government agencies are turning to open source to get more
IT bang for their dwindling bucks.
"The marketing stars appear to be coming into alignment for the
vendors of open source offerings who are targeting the U.S.
government. Significant barriers to adopting open source technology
at the federal level are breaking down, and tight budgets provide
an opportunity for vendors to emphasize the cost savings features
of open technologies. Despite these advantages, vendors will still
have to work harder to develop marketing channels to capitalize on
the potential for federal sales.
"For all IT providers, the federal market is a continuing
""The United States government is the world's largest purchaser
of information technology, with an annual IT budget over (US)$80
billion," Federal CIO Vivek Kundra told the World Economic Forum in