Thursday Apr 16, 2009

Open source implementation continues to climb

The economy is pushing more people to look for software solutions in open-source programs.

 According to a Forrester Research survey of 2,200 IT Executives in the U.S., Canada, the U.K., France, and Germany, 46% of businesses have either already implemented open source software, or plan to begin using it this year.

The obvious cost savings is the main motivation behind the mass migration to open source, according to 56% of the respondents.   

And while President Obama has shown an interest in implementing such solutions in the future, the U.K. is already enthusiastically embracing open standards.  

Last month, Tom Watson, the Minister for Digital Engagement, said in a statement accompanying a report titled The 'Open Source, Open Standards and Re-Use: Government Action Plan,' that open source is "a great example of how people working together can come up with products to rival and sometimes beat those of giant corporations."

There is no doubt that open source encourages greater innovation while at the same time cutting costs.  

And while I remain an enthusiastic proponent and use the OpenOffice suite on a regular basis, I also learned a new tidbit this week while searching for OpenOffice reviews.  According to an IT professional, because OpenOffice is not as tightly integrated with my Windows Vista OS as MS Office, it is actually less susceptible to malware, virus, and other cyber attacks.  

Another score for my favorite open-source program!

Wednesday Apr 15, 2009

Developing communities

This week, Sun is conducting a series of free lessons on open-source technology at the Hanoi University of Technology and Ho Chi Minh City University of Technology in Vietnam.

There are 130 university and college students in attendance, and the courses are being run in collaboration with the Department of Information Technology of the Ministry of Education and Training.   

The training is part of the Java Education and Development Initiative, also known as JEDI, which is a project developed by Sun that was first introduced in 2005 in the Philippines.  In the past four years, JEDI has benefitted more than 190,000 students in countries such as Indonesia and Brazil, among others.

I applaud Sun's initiative behind the JEDI program, which provides free high-quality documents on IT and computer sciences to universities and colleges and offers students access to abundant materials and software.  

In the past six months, the government of Vietnam has been investing time and energy in adopting more open-source technology, and what better way to organically do so then by starting with the students who will soon be the backbone of the country. 

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