The UK Government has pledged to reduce ICT spending dramatically, stating that by December 2015, 50% of central departments' new ICT spending must be on public cloud computing services. More recently, there is a push towards agile principles of project delivery and sharing of knowledge and systems across departments.
This means public sector organisations large and small must turn to open source technologies but the burning questions still remain...
WHAT IS OPEN SOURCE?
HOW WILL IT BENEFIT OUR ORGANISATION?
WHAT IS THE BEST OPEN SOURCE PLATFORM FOR ME?
As part of its ongoing commitment to knowledge transfer, Ixis is working closely with the public sector to help provide the answers to these questions through its Open Source for Public Sector campaign. Ixis have been championing Drupal as a leading CMS and explaining the process of migrating from proprietary systems.
So, what is Open Source?
Open source refers to a program or software in which the source code is available to the general public from its original design free of charge. Drupal is a leading open source CMS with a relatively pain free migration process onto its system.
Through a series of seminars at some of the biggest public sector exhibitions in 2012, Ixis teamed up with one of its clients, the British Council, to deliver the open source message. Moving into 2013, we have added clients including the Care Quality Commission to our roster and will be showcasing learning at key conferences later in the year.
Our 'Simple Guide to Drupal Open Source', provides helpful hints and tips for public sector organisations and is now available.
We have a range of case studies and procurement examples that we are happy to share, please contact us for details on these. You can view a summary of our Drupal work with the British Council here and Care Quality Commission here.
Visit the G-Cloud Store website for more information on the procurement framework