SA govt officials meet to thrash out OSS progress
The South African State IT Agency’s (SITA) Free and Open Source Software Programme Office (FPO) will host the second annual chief information officers (CIO) workshop on February 24.
The one-day workshop will bring together all government IT decision makers to share ideas and experiences regarding FOSS implementation in government.
The South African government has actively promoted open source software in government and has an open source software strategy in place.
“This year’s meeting will evaluate progress since the February 2007 workshop and assess the effectiveness of existing strategies,” says Arno Webb, FPO programme manager. “It will reflect on progress, new developments, obstacles and experiences of the near-end financial year and reflect on strategies.”
“The success of FOSS migration depends on our stakeholders. Members of the Government IT Officers Council, and our stakeholders at large have a big role to play by influencing decisions to ensure that the FOSS policy is implemented in the respective government institutions,” says Webb.
Issues that will be discussed at the day-long workshop will include effective change management strategies, the status of government’s FOSS implementation, current trends and issues affecting FOSS implementation, and the future of FOSS in the country.