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.