JBoss forms open source public sector group
JBoss, the professional open source company, has formed the JBoss Government Group to promote the use of open source solutions in the public sector.
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Drew Ladner, the former chief information officer of the US Department of the Treasury, has joined JBoss to head the new group.
The JBoss strategy will include promoting open source standards in the public sector and offering its own open source JBoss Enterprise Middleware System (JEMS) as a solution.
Ladner said, “Professional open source is all about putting customers back in charge and ensuring system integrators have the flexibility to do their job.
“For example, the US Navy chose JEMS to support tactical flight operations at sea because it avoided proprietary lock-in and maximised architectural agility – and the zero-cost license means money was saved.”
A recent survey of UK local authorities, conducted by The Society of Information Technology Management (Socitm), reported that not only are 52% of respondents currently using open source software within their IT infrastructure, but that 76% said they will increase the use of open source within the next three years.
Respondents cited lower costs and freedom from supplier lock-in as the main reasons for open source adoption.
Suppliers embedding JEMS in their products and reselling JBoss services include Computer Associates, HP, Novell and Unisys.