Embracing open source, the Cabinet Office of the Government of the United Kingdom has chosen a proprietary software system to implement its goal and fulfill the government’s election promise to eliminate bias against open source software.

This interesting piece of information was found on Public Sector IT in their article, “Cabinet Office builds open source strategy on proprietary software.” But many think the guidelines are set up in a way to produce failure.

Cabinet Office gave suppliers one week to prepare a bid for an asset register. The procurement is not the only accelerated portion of this project, according to the specifications a successful bidder had just one month to produce a system.

Despite these limitations, the contract was awarded to CDS. Its e-PIMS property asset system is mandated for use across government.

Melody K. Smith

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