"Massachusetts' embrace of open technology, open standards and
open source was simply routine strategic planning, the way Tim
Vaverchack tells it. However, the state's stance to strongly
consider alternatives to proprietary solutions--such as the Open
Document Format--has fueled one of the biggest technology
firestorms in government IT history.
"The controversy around Massachusetts and ODF, an open
standards-based computer document alternative to Microsoft Office,
resulted in the resignation of the state's former chief information
officer. It has also triggered a tremendous amount of scrutiny--not
only over Massachusetts' decision, but also over the adoption of
open standards and open source by other states and governments,
including foreign nations..."
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