[Evangelism] Surviving the global economic crisis: Open Source Business Cluster fights back with collaboration
gmane at dylanjay.com
Tue Nov 4 12:25:13 UTC 2008
As part of world plone day Pretaweb in Australia has coordinated the
launch of Australia's first Open source business cluster to occur on the
same day. It will be a media and client event in which we will highlight
Plone, it's world wide develop network and the advantages of open source
in general. If you know anyone in the media to which the following press
release would be interesting then please forward it on.
Contact: Virginia Choy For Immediate Release
Email: Virginia at pretaweb.com
Surviving the global economic crisis: Open Source Business Cluster
fights back with collaboration.
From big business to Government agencies to non-profit organisations,
no one is escaping the financial crisis engulfing the world economy. As
budgets are slashed jobs are being lost and projects are on hold or
spending reduced. IT managers are looking for solutions to achieve the
same quality outcomes with innovative and cost effective solutions.
According to PretaWeb’s Business Development Manager, Virginia Choy open
source technology is increasingly satisfying these needs. “Open source
is all about collaboration between a large number of people to achieve
efficiencies. More and more, business and Government are realising the
immense benefits of open source solutions which is increased value for
money such as no licence fees, superior security, better quality and
wide support. The economic crisis is a catalyst for organisations to
consider open source as an alternative and move away from propriety
software,” Ms Choy said.
The Dutch government set a soft deadline of April 2008 for its agencies
to start using open-source software. Ministry spokesman Edwin van
Scherrenburg said, “the government estimates it would save $8.8 million
a year on city housing registers alone after switching to the Open
Document Format standard.
Australia’s first Open Source Business Cluster will be launched at
Google’s Sydney Headquarters on 7 November. The cluster’s objectives are to:
• provide business and Government with a single point of contact for
access to vendors offering consulting, development and support of open
• inform business and Government on how to leverage off open source
technologies to achieve greater value for money, higher quality software
and fit to need outcomes.
• encourage open source companies to collaborate with the objective to
promote and grow the open source industry.
The cluster member’s currently include Digital Armour Corporation,
Syntonic Corporation Pty Ltd and PretaWeb Pty Ltd. These companies offer
a range of open source solutions including Asterix PABX, Plone CMS and
If you'd like more information about the Open Source Business Cluster,
or to schedule an interview with Virginia Choy, please call 02-9955-2830
or e-mail Virginia at Virginia at pretaweb.com
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