Efficient Alternatives in the Adoption of Software for Public Companies

Efficient Alternatives in the Adoption of Software for Public Companies

Carmen de Pablos Heredero (Universidad Rey Juan Carlos, Spain) and David López Berzosa (Instituto de Empresa Business School, Spain)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-1764-3.ch018
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Public Administrations are seeking more efficient alternatives for the use of information and communication technologies in terms of a cost-benefit analysis. Open source standards can offer them rational alternatives. Up to this moment one can find some good experiences in the implementation of open source software in Public Administrations worldwide. This study offers the results of research where a group of eighteen Public Administration experiences of integral systems migration to open software standards have been analyzed. Public Administrations perceive improvements in the way they offer services, a reduction of the costs, and better secured information systems. The authors think this analysis can be of value for IT decision makers at Public Administrations.
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Open Source Software: An Oportunity For Organizations

Open source migration (F/OSS) was first applied in the sixties. In the nineties it becomes a quite consolidated business alternative. Since then, the free software implementation has been studied from both, the technical point of view (Raymond, 1999; Hunter, 2006; Rossi, 2006; Berry, 2008) as an economic emergent possibility in the market (Lerner & Tirole, 2002; Lerner & Tirole, 2005; Riehle, 2007).

Free software migration means an efficient solution in terms of costs, specially for the public industry and in contexts demanding great technological resources as it is the case of education (Lerner and Tirole, 2002; Riehle, 2007; Lakhan & Jhunjhunwala, 2008). The implementation of free software tools promotes the innovation and the development in enterprise information systems worldwide (David & Steinmueller, 1994; Shiff, 2002; Hippern & Krogh, 2003; Bitzer, 2005; Osterloh & Rota, 2007). Most experiences have just been started in the twenties and they are still in progress (Ahmed, 2005; UOC Report, 2009).

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