As the global economy craters, CIOs are looking for ways to do more with less. As Vivek Kundra, the United States' first-ever CIO, suggests, however, this penny-pinching may not benefit frugality's posterchild, Microsoft:
Why should I spend millions on enterprise apps when I can do it [with Google] at one-tenth cost and ten times the speed?
While Kundra is outspoken in his praise of Google, it's no secret that the as a way to boost productivity and lower costs. Indeed, Kundra's quote above could have been pulled from the brochures of just about any commercial open-source vendor's website.
While Kundra's direct spending power may be slight, his influence over $71 billion in federal IT spending may be substantial, as The New York Times suggests.
Granted, he plans to take a pragmatic approach to IT spending, but that's all open source needs to thrive.. Kundra's appointment as U.S. CIO, however, opens the door to new competitors--Google and open source among them--even wider. He says
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