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Vortalgate: Portuguese eProcurement - Only with Microsoft

Mar 04, 2009, 03:03 (0 Talkback[s])

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"ESOP obviously does not oppose of a private entity such as Vortal using Microsoft, or any other base technology of their choice, and has no legitimacy to comment upon internal software options. But to impose software of a specific brand onto a third party and thus, in clear opposition to several laws, directly hamper competition through a legally required service is indeed a serious matter. This situation gives rise to a direct interference in the software options of end-costumers/enterprises, options which should be based exclusively on regular market functioning, with no restrictions arising from the technical requirements of a public service.

"For instance, national companies opting for Linux, Solaris, BSD or Apple-based systems cannot access the platform, and are consequently prevented from bidding at public tenders, unless they acquire Microsoft technology for that purpose. This situation, harmful for both ESOP’s associate companies and their respective customers, has no technical justification whatsoever in light of current technologies. This is a known fact to any competent IT/web professional; moreover, it is endorsed by the technical opinion of several well-reputed institutions, which has also been provided to the authorities."

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