State IT agency will use OSS to cut costs

By   |  July 28, 2008

The State IT Agency (Sita), which provides IT services to the South African government, will use open source software as one of the strategies to reduce costs in providing IT services.

Sita chief executive officer, Llewellyn Jones, opened the GovTech 2008 conference in Durban today saying reducing costs was a key objective for the agency.

He said that the use of open source software in providing IT services was one of the strategies that would be used by Sita.

Standardisation and the use of open standards is also an important element in reducing costs, said Jones.

Jones said that other strategies that would be used include using shared services models and better procurement.

Jones also said that part of the strategy was to negotiate better licensing agreements with proprietary vendors.

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