Encouraging Scenario for Open Source Software(OSS) and Government
Government of India has taken initiatives to implement Digital India programme, in order to realize, a digitally accessible knowledge society, by offering digital services to all its citizens via OSS. This policy announced a few months ago, promotes healthy growth for software applications developed based on, OSS. In other words, e-Governance apps requiring use of such software is being encouraged. Each and every state and central government organization, should abide by, its policy statements. Also, every supplier sought via request for proposals(RFPs) for, digital services to central and state government has to consider these statements of policy.
What the GoI Aims?
Govt of India aims to encourage OSS adoption, with a futuristic outlook of reduced project ownership costs and systematically managed, e-Governance applications.
A look into policy statement
Policy is applicable to all central and state government organizations, which offer all or part of e-governance systems. Also, RFPs, require supplier to consider and abide by mandatory use of OSS, before submission of project bids. Exclusive cases, requiring use of closed source software, should be justified, by suppliers.
What are the exceptions to this mandatory policy?
To summarize, open source ERPs offer cost efficiency, by reducing third of development cost. Open-Source iDempiere ERP, is free of license and functional upgrades, which cuts down cost significantly. It is the best choice for implementing secure, government tools.