At the Open Source Open Standards conference held at the Business Design Centre Islington, Envitia joined a raft of Open Source vendors to demonstrate the advantages that the public sector can gain from Open Source technologies. The conference drew a mixed audience from a wide area, i.e. locally located Government Departments; Met Police, DWP and HMRC to further afield Departments; Forestry Commission Scotland, Land Registry (Plymouth) and the Department of Finance and Personnel, Northern Ireland.
The message repeated throughout the day was that whilst many people have been sceptical regarding Open Source software, you really can use Open Source to deliver business critical solutions and it is very much what the Coalition Government are striving for. It was noted more than once, that if you are going to implement Open Source software, it is highly recommend that you have a commercial partner to assist in implementation and provide ongoing support and upgrades. Without that back up, procurement and IT departments are very nervous.
The day culminated in a very lively and entertaining presentation from Chris Ulliott, Technical Director CESG regarding the myths around Open Source and security. Security is not an excuse not to use Open Source, “The discussion should not be about open source or closed source, the question should be: ‘What does good look like?’”
Dr Sarah Cole, Account Manager