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.