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State IT Agency to host FOSS vendor day

By   |  May 19, 2009

The SA State IT Agency’s Free and Open Source Programme Office (FPO) is to host a workshop this coming Friday in which free and open source software (FOSS) vendors will have a chance to demonstrate their products to government officials. The day-long workshop will include representatives from companies that were selected, in a 2005 tender process, as government-approved open source vendors.

More than three years on from the awarding of the tender some of the organisations selected either no longer exist or have closed down their open source programmes.

The FOSS Vendor Day will take place on Friday May 22 at Sita’s Centurion Auditorium.

Sita’s FOSS programme says that the workshop will give vendors an opportunity to “demonstrate solutions” that could be deployed by government. “There will be hands-on sessions where vendors will supply plans, architects and matrices, and products for use.”

The workshop is expected to help the FOSS Programme Office “identify gaps and assess what is available in the market in order to bridge them. It will assess what is available in the market and make a thorough analysis and give a way forward. The FPO will also acquire solutions and possible ways to build the FOSS ecosystem.”

Topics to be discussed at the workshop include open source migration risks, open source success stories from abroad, open standards, measuring FOSS implementation in government and Foss procurement.

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3 Responses to “State IT Agency to host FOSS vendor day”

  1. Jonathan Carter
    May 19th, 2009 @ 5:01 pm

    I would’ve really liked to be there, unfortunately I’ll be in Barcelona when it takes place. I think that a new foss tender will soon replace tender 428. I think this workshop will be interesting in terms of who shows up. Will you be there to take down some details, Al?

  2. Micky
    May 20th, 2009 @ 10:20 am

    Not directly related , but, I just read an article thal all teachers are going to get a laptop loaded with microsoft stuff. Thus the children ( which are also the workmen of the future ) are going to be prepped with MS stuff.

    But IT state department is FOSS orientated

    The point that I am trying to make is that the left hand ( education state department ) doesn’t agree with the right hand ( these IT state people )

    Sorry for English, but I think you can understand

  3. Shawn
    May 23rd, 2009 @ 9:41 am


    The Government dont even inform everyone, as I would have liked to have been there..

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