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Use of money saving open source software skyrockets

ITProPortal - One London CIO has claimed to the UK press that in cases where the public sector can no longer provide competitive cost savings with proprietary systems, it may choose to adopt open source alternatives.

According to Geoff Connell, Havering and Newham joint head of ICT, despite the government’s open source drive, even after all this time open source tends to only be used for niche solutions.

TCO (total cost of ownership) is the biggest problem in adopting open source technology and software in the public sector, Connell contends.

“Newham did a study of total cost of ownership for wall-to-wall Microsoft products vs. open source 10 years ago and the Microsoft approach won,” said Connell.

“Sadly, I don’t think this has changed at a corporate level. The cost of support, retraining, plus higher integration costs favour Microsoft, Oracle etc,” he added.

Connell claimed that he is not against the use of open source - but does believe that since public sector leaders like him are under huge pressure to deliver rapid returns on investment, ‘shared source’ technologies are often more financially viable.