Open Source Software Study Amendment is up today

In today’s Finance & Audit Budget Hearing, the committee will be hearing my amendment on a study of open source software. It says that IMSD (the County IT dept.) shall:

prepare a report including a cost benefit analysis of converting the currently deployed web, calendar, and email servers to an open source software platform. Open source software is commercial-grade software that is built through a peer-review process. It is usually much less expensive than traditional commercial software and, based on studies, more secure. Open source applications, including email, calendar and collaboration, have already been deployed at institutions such as the U.S. Department of Defense and UW-Milwaukee.

The study shall be a cost benefit analysis of converting to open source software. IMSD shall submit the report to the Committee on Finance and Audit for consideration no later than the June 2012 cycle.

This amendment would increase tax levy by $0.

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Author: Jason Haas

Jason is an elected member of the Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors, occasionally moonlights as an amateur gardener, and is a proud father of two, or three, depending on how you do the math.