Gareth Hughes

Silverstripe wins govt contract

by Gareth Hughes

Good news from Kiwi open-source software firm.

It’s great to see Kiwi businesses do well, and with so many challenges facing manufacturers and exporters great to have a good news story coming out of our software industry.

According to Stuff: Government websites will switch to free, open-source software from Wellington firm Silverstripe under an “all-of-government” contract that Internal Affairs Minister Chris Tremain is due to announce this morning.

It’s very good to see a Kiwi open-source company do well.

I was privileged to attend the Open Source Awards late last year and there are numerous examples of Kiwi software developers and companies coming up with brilliant open-source products like Piwik, the Manaiakalani Project and GeoNet Rapid.

Looking at the broader industry there are a few challenges facing it which the Green Party have addressed in our IT discussion paper. We are proposing Government investment in a second internet cable system, supported by smarter government procurement policies, and believe this will lead a step-change in the ICT economy, growing exports and creating green jobs.

Congratulations to Silverstripe, and please have your say on our discussion paper.

Published in Economy, Work, & Welfare by Gareth Hughes on Thu, February 7th, 2013   

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