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Mark Taylor

Written by staff at Sirius Corporation, the Open Source services group, this blog seeks to dispel any FUD around the use of Open Source software in the Enterprise and provide perspectives on business, economics, politics, philosophy and the environment.

Dear Cabinet Office, public sector austerity and economic growth are not mutually exclusive

Levelling the playing field for open source and SMEs is a necessity

by Mark Taylor

How would you describe an organisation that is losing £164 billion every year on £585 billion revenue, and with a net position already £1.2 trillion in debt1? Of course if this was a private company, and putting it as politely as possible,...

September 19, 2011 4:48:26 PM Read Full Post

The government gets really serious about open source

Cabinet Office lays down the open source law

by Mark Taylor

Monday 21st February 2011 saw the first 'Open Source System Integrators Forum' held by the Cabinet Office and I'd like to share a few modest bits of news with you all... Firstly, the occurrence of the event itself is news. The Cabinet Office...

February 22, 2011 3:50:12 PM Read Full Post

Open for business - SMEs take place at public sector table

A major step forward for open source

by Mark Taylor

I attended Francis Maude's SME strategic supplier summit last week. If even half of the promised reforms materialise it will transform the Public Sector landscape, clearing the way for young and dynamic businesses to bring innovative solutions...

February 14, 2011 2:46:07 PM Read Full Post



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Microsoft proposes government licencing of internet access

Is this a case of control without responsibility?

by Mark Taylor

The recent proposal by Microsoft's Vice President of Trustworthy Computing to introduce Government licencing of Internet access is both hiliarious and terrifying1. Aside from the obvious Orwellian overtones of this sort of control and the...

October 11, 2010 11:14:28 AM Read Full Post

IT cuts, Open Sauce and harsh reality

Don't cut new, useful projects, start questioning what you pay for existing services

by Mark Taylor

Responses to the cold, hard light of reality shining through the windows of UK Local Authorities in this newly dawned era of fiscal austerity have been varied.I expect ICT news like the latest from Essex County Council to be become commonplace,...

August 20, 2010 3:02:09 PM Read Full Post

Open Source: It's not just cheap...

Control matters with enterprise software

by Mark Taylor

I suppose it's inevitable that when you talk about Open Source software to people for the first time the thing they focus on is that it is generally given away for free. "How do you make money if you don't sell your software?" Is the usual...

August 18, 2010 1:23:49 PM Read Full Post



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