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Presentation to Enterprise Ireland on the Potentials of Open Source for Local Government


<ul><li> 1. Open Source in Local Government<br />Tim Willoughby<br />LGCSB<br /></li></ul> <p> 2. Context<br />Local Authority Termination of Microsoft Enterprise Agreement<br />Potential for Open Source Across the Sector<br />Open Source Applications already in Use<br /> 3. Currently See 5 Themes<br />Desktop Application Replacement<br />Desktop Operating System Replacement<br />Server Applications<br />Development Methodologies<br />Data Services<br /> 4. Everyone else is using Open source..<br />More than half of all web servers (&gt;91 million) run Apache (Netcraft, September, 2008)<br />~2.0 million total Alfresco downloads (Alfresco, October, 2008)<br />1.4 million Drupal downloads last year (July 2007 June 2008)<br />2.5 million articles (in English alone) on wikipedia, the world's 8th busiest web site according to Alexa (October, 2008)<br />4 million blogs hosted on which Alexa ranks as #28 (October, 2008)<br />Drupal and Joomla web sites handle more traffic than 17 of the Fortune 20 corporate sites (Burton Group, 2008)<br />Cloud/SAAS<br />Applications<br />Developer Tools<br />Web/App Server<br />Open Source<br />Database<br />OS<br /> 5. 6. Understand the French Definition of Gratis v Libre<br /> 7. The Dual Open Source Approach<br />This approach offers the most potential to Local Government.<br />There are certain products in the Open Source Arena that follow the Dual Approach<br />Alfresco - Web Site Development and Presentation<br />eGroupware -Mail / Calendar / Contacts / Helpdesk<br />SugarCRM CRM application<br />MySQL<br />...And many more<br />Each of these solutions offer an Enterprise Application which costs similar or in the case of CRM more than the equivalent proprietary product<br />Each also offer a Community product which has no cost for the license, however, the costs for support, maintenance and bug fixes can be very high.<br />The only way to counteract this cost Risk is to become an active part of the community or share the risk across the whole Local Government Community<br /> 8. Why Consider Alternatives for Office Automation<br />Ease of access <br />Ability to collaborate <br />Open Platform (PC, Mac &amp; Linux Compatibility)<br />Open Standard - Open Document Format - <br />Cost! MS Office 2007 / 2010 is 149 - 550 per license. <br /> 9. Open Source Research and Learning to date<br />The Open Source Community is out there<br />There are Many, Many Open Source solutions<br />Open Source Successful projects are based around communities.<br />The route to success for Local Authorities is to mimic the Open Source Community model<br />There is an Opportunity now to look to adopt Open Source<br /> 10. License<br />There are upward of 71 open source licenses which fall into 3 families: <br />Give me credit <br />Give me fixes <br />Give me everything <br />We do have to understand the differences and the potentials.<br /> 11. </p> <ul><li>Low cost and scalable infrastructure (Linux, MySQL, Apache) </li></ul> <p> 12. Quality software available at no licenses cost 13. Key software components available for integration 14. Can make changesto Open source code for extra value 15. Development and run time environments for fast and iterative deployments (PHP, Perl, Python, Ruby on Rails) 16. Communities for instant help and fast innovation cycles 17. Open Source as a Engine for Web 2.0 Open Source Lowering Barriers for Entrants<br /> 18. 19. </p> <ul><li>Insist on Open Standards -Increases Agility- flexibility and responsiveness Evaluate Open Source and Commercial software options</li></ul> <p> 20. Can use a mixture of open source and proprietary 21. Dont need a separate Strategy interoperability I migration considerations are important 22. Like all Software Solutions have to Balance up-front costs against recurring costs How to Integrate Open Source into our IT strategy <br /> 23. What do we have to do?<br />Understand the Community and Maturity of Open Source- Broad industry support are important<br />Sustainable business models are critical<br />Healthy ecosystem of Solution Providers and Business Partners essential<br />Establish policies for working with Open Source software<br />Educate company teams about OSS before they work with it <br />Implement a management system to review, approve, and track the use of OSS inside the company, and contributions of company software assets to external OSS projects <br />Understand Open Source Licensing need to establish a process to help us understand the terms of the licenses and the procedures required to comply with them <br />Make decisions based on both business and technical factors <br /> 24. Open Source attitudes and expectations<br />Technology<br />New Entrants<br />Pushing limits<br />Experimenting<br />Demanding <br />Exploring<br />Use any tool<br />Existing <br />Workforce<br />Technology<br />Capabilities<br />Trying to keep up<br />Trying to change<br />Struggling<br />Given up<br />Going to die<br />Time<br /> 25. Open source in LGCSB<br /></p> <ul><li>Pavement ManagementSystem / MapRoad </li></ul> <p> 26. Open Layers 27. PostGres 28. Open Street Map</p>