Our company addressed the research role of the Open Source Infrastructure (OSIN Project).
Support for OSS deployment should be taken by the state, as in other countries. Such support can be divided into three parts:
The task was to assess the possibility of deploying Open Source software (very low-cost software) in state administration and local government, education, and small and medium-sized business in Slovakia. Possible savings were to be further quantified based on design concept of deployment and support. More information about the task and how we proceeded, are in the public PDF files below (in Slovak).
After more than a year of analysis of the IT situation in the target areas, the task was completed by our final expert response with the following conclusions:
Open Source software can be deployed in the IT infrastructure of public administration, education and the SME sector in Slovakia as a full-fledged alternative to traditional proprietary (commercial) software, and it should be necessary to consider it in public IT procurement.
If society’s computerization is fully exploited with the deployment and use of information technologies in public administration, and especially in education and the SME sector, Slovakia would progressively approach the level of the advanced economies. Savings in the 6-8 year horizon could grow, by conservative estimates, up to nearly 600 million EUR (18 billion SKK).
Implementation can be done by transferring SW cost-free, without serious risks, at different levels as needed. Another one of the outputs of the R & D task was a realistic concept of deploying and supporting Open Source software.
Under these circumstances, it should be noted that massive deployment of Open Source software would not only create remarkable savings, it would have such important positive secondary consequences for the whole society that its use would significantly accelerate the overall process of computerization on a massive scale.
As we move towards a knowledge-based economy, deploying open source software in the public sector becomes a matter of strategic importance for the whole of society.
Complete OS project outputs in PDF (Slovak documents):
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