Can UK "IT" PLC save money via open source?

The UK government appears to be taking positive (possibly even ‘assertive’) steps towards more implementation of open source technologies at this time. The Open Government Summit today will be held on 30th May in Central Hall Westminster and speakers have just been announced.

While the UK public sector is arguably far better at organising “congressional summits” than it is at decisive implementation and action, there will reportedly be examination and analysis into how the open source model allows public sector organisations to be more efficient, save money, meet mission-critical IT demands and improve their services.

Government and institutional speakers include “suits” from the Home Office and the Met Office plus Graham Taylor who is CEO of OpenForum Europe and Gerry Gavigan, who is chair of the Open Source Consortium.

The summit will also host a Q&A session with celebrated tech writer Glyn Moody, author of “Rebel Code: Linux and the Open Source Revolution”.

Opportunities, challenges and myths

Panel discussions and ‘open mic’ sessions will also feature… the aim and intention being to create some clarity around the “opportunities, challenges and myths” surrounding the use of open source in the public sector.

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Aingaran Pillai, CEO of Zaizi and organiser of the summit explains: “With this first event we want to bring together government, industry and development communities to start a dialogue about how to practically apply open source in the UK’s public sector. We have seen how other countries’ governments have been able to lower their costs while improving security, transparency and public participation and believe that open source is the answer to many challenges the UK public sector is currently facing.”

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