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Getting beyond "free" - UK government uptake of open source

Misplaced priorities hampering UK government uptake of open source

According to a computing.co.uk article entitled Open Source: The government's commitment so far, most of the IT technology used in the UK government is still proprietary and comes from single vendors.

Open Source adoption by government agencies in the UK is progressing, but is still being hindered by a focus on "free as in gratis". Decisions based on cost-of-acquisition alone ignore the other real and more important values offered by open source, which are derived from "free as in freedom".

Readdressing the Public Sector’s Sourcing Strategy [Dec 1, 2011]

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Thursday, December 1, 2011
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SourcingFocus.com

Jim Shaw, General Manager Europe at Acquia, says it's easy to see why IT managers are seeking alternative approaches to traditional procurement programs.

Where is Drupal Heading? [Nov 30, 2011]

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Wednesday, November 30, 2011
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PC Quest

The famous CMS platform doesn't need an introduction to web administrators, but where is it heading, and how does it compare with other well-known CMS platforms like Joomla! and WordPress? We spoke to the creator of Drupal in person to find out.

What's Coming for Open Source CMS in December 2011 [Nov 30, 2011]

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Wednesday, November 30, 2011
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CMS Wire

CMS Wire highlights Drupal adoption and growth in India, as well as the Acquia U career development program in its December 2011 Open Source preview.

FedScoop interview with Tim Bertrand, Acquia [Nov 23, 2011]

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Wednesday, November 23, 2011
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FedScoop

Tim Bertrand, VP Worldwide Field Sales at Acquia, discusses why Open Source software is an important option for government, how Acquia supports the growth of Open Source in government, and top recommendations to those exploring Open Source options in government.

Embracing the Big open-source Society [Nov 22, 2011]

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Tuesday, November 22, 2011
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CRN

A "big" and relatively debt-free society would be fostered by embracing open source, says Jim Shaw, General Manager Europe at Acquia.

Drupal and Linux: Lessons learned for building open source communities [Nov 17, 2011]

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Thursday, November 17, 2011
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Opensource.com

In today's Open Your World Forum webcast, Chris Grams moderated a discussion between Michael Tiemann and Dries Buytaert about how Linux and Drupal have evolved as two thriving open source communities competing in the enterprise world.

Dead Men Walking or Walking Dead: Can Old School Enterprise CMS Vendors Really Change? [Nov 10, 2011]

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Thursday, November 10, 2011
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CMS Wire

When I saw the headline of the Forrester article proclaiming the death of the enterprise CMS suite, I couldn't help but both be pleased with myself, and feel a little sorry for the analysts. After all, I scooped them and proclaimed the exact same thing a little more than three weeks before.

Fear of vendor lock-in is legitimate cloud concern - don't be bullied [Oct 14, 2011]

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Friday, October 14, 2011
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Tech Target

Tech Target features Chris Brookins, Acquia VP of Engineering and Product Management, in a discussion about cloud computing, open SaaS and PaaS, and vendor lock-in following the Mass Technology Leadership Council's Cloud Computing Summit.

Government websites close [Oct 11, 2011]

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Tuesday, October 11, 2011
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Public Sector Executive

Jim Shaw, General Manager Europe at Acquia, discusses the cost-savings benefits of reducing the number of Government websites in the UK.

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