Open source adop­tion by the In­dian gov­ern­ment

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The gov­ern­ment’s de­ci­sion to switch over to open source op­tions which are free could re­sult in sub­stan­tial cost sav­ings but is also a mat­ter of con­cern in terms of se­cu­rity and op­er­a­tional ef­fi­ciency, both of which need to be ad­dressed.

The gov­ern­ment’s to­tal IT spend was go­ing to be US$ 66.98 bil­lion in 2015 as per the Min­istry of Com­mu­ni­ca­tions and IT. This was de­rived from sev­eral global IT re­search and ad­vi­sory fore­casts. Ac­cord­ing to NASS­COM’s Data Se­cu­rity Coun­cil of In­dia, the av­er­age ex­pense on cy­ber se­cu­rity is nearly 2 to 3 per cent of the to­tal IT spend­ing, i.e., US$ 1.5 to US$ 2 bil­lion.

As per Rahul De, Hewlett-Packard’s chair pro­fes­sor on ICT for sus­tain­able eco­nomic devel­op­ment at IIM Ban­ga­lore, a ma­jor pro­por­tion—al­most 15-20 per cent—of the gov­ern­ment’s IT spend is on closed soft­ware. Tran­si­tion­ing

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