CfA Blog: City Technology Procurement and Open Source

New CfA blog post I wrote about moving city governments from the "Build vs. Buy" mentality to accept and seek out open source and Free Software solutions during software and system procurement.


From the article: Instead, cities — like businesses and nonprofits and startups and individual programmers and anyone else working with interconnected technical systems — are using hybrid models incorporating all of these procurement and development models. A modern project might involve the customization and use of an open source application to extract data from an existing proprietary database while offloading some storage and processing to multiple Internet-based service providers. These models – combining “buy,” “build,” “borrow,” and “rent” in various ratios – will be the norm for all but the smallest applications within a few years.