August 21, 2010 - by Eric Updegrove - Director, Public Sector Solutions, Shadow-Soft
By leveraging Open Source, Federal, State and Local agencies are able to accomplish more while spending less.
In the spring of 2010, the National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO) surveyed 40 state CIOs on topics ranging from IT governance to emerging technologies. The overwhelming conclusion from the survey was this: state budgets are down and costs are up. In fact, the survey found that two-thirds of state CIOs expect lower IT budgets in 2011 through 2013. Strategies to deal with these deficits will likely revolve around reductions in staff, agency consolidations and attempts to increase shared services. The problem with these strategies is they only address near-term short-falls and do not provide a permanent “fix” to state budget deficits. Real solutions decrease long-term budget constraints by lowering the overall TCO of their IT infrastructure.
Enterprise hardened and supported, Open Source solutions absolutely provide these lower TCOs. They achieve this by off-loading the large R&D burden to the open source community, taking the best new features and making them enterprise ready. And while savings is the primary impetus for most Open Source converts, many others make the move to achieve added functionality, better interoperability and flexibility. Shadow-Soft’s competencies lie in helping State CIO’s realize these benefits through Open Source.
In his 2009 Department of Defense memorandum, DoD CIO David Wennergren stated that “To effectively achieve its missions, the Department of Defense must develop and update its software-based capabilities faster than ever, to anticipate new threats and respond to continuously changing requirements. The use of Open Source Software (OSS) can provide advantages in this regard.” Mr. Wennergren asked that DoD executive level personnel identify the “barriers” that were in place that were hindering the adoption of Open Source Solutions so that they could “continue to increase the benefits from the use of OSS.”
Our Government team urges you to contact Shadow-Soft and to discuss Open Source as an alternative to the proprietary and expensive solutions oftentimes used today. These Open Source Solutions provide cost savings at the same, or greater value as the proprietary solutions you are using; without the vendor lock-in.
If your agency would like to discuss how Open Source Software can lower TCO while providing the service and support you require, please feel free to call or email me using my contact information below.
Director, Public Sector Solutions