Government Agencies Opt for Open Source

Lora Bentley

It seems government agencies are increasingly realizing the value of open source solutions for mission-critical processes.


ChannelWEB reports government reseller Carahsoft and open source business intelligence software provider Pentaho recently inked a deal that makes Carahsoft the "the exclusive ... distributor for U.S. government organizations that choose Pentaho" for their business intelligence needs.


Carahsoft President Craig Abod says:

[Government agencies] have figured out [open source] is a secure method to deploy and build products ... The government has caught on that open source is a good methodology.

And Pentaho EVP Matt Vitale chimes in:

In reality, it's the lowest risk you can go with. You don't need millions of dollars down, and you're not forced to work with a company where you can't see the code. [Solution providers] can support it easily, and open source offers customers a better sense of support.

Agencies that are currently deploying Pentaho solutions include the Food and Drug Administration (for data integration) and the Navy (in a knowledge management system that tracks aircraft and pilot performance). The story suggests that deals with the State Department and the Department of the Interior are also in the works.

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Feb 18, 2008 1:06 AM Srimal Jayawardena Srimal Jayawardena  says:
A very commendable move.In fact international bodies like the World Bank should recommend Open Source solutions when releasing funds to governments in developing countries - precisely for the same reasons mentioned above in the article. Reply

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