[Evangelism] Austin fiasco
djay at pretaweb.com
Mon Dec 21 01:28:02 UTC 2009
I think what it shows is the reason its very very hard selling to
governments. All it takes is one person to kick up a stink like a
bitter vendor and the governments procurement processes become a
politcal issue, fairly or unfairly.
This is why governments avoid taking risks even when its clearly a
better solution. For anyone thats tried to sell to government and
wondered why they have these really long painful tendering,
preselected vendors etc that "attempt" to avoid any vendor/technology
bias, this is why. You won't often find tenders that state a
technology specifically unless its "beyond reproach" like "microsoft".
My question is, what was in the tender requirements that a Plone
solution was going to cost 750K?
Another take home idea from this: if your government is putting out
tenders that exclude opensource and Plone specifically, creating waves
can get results. Especially if you can link it to jobs going elsewhere.
On 18/12/2009, at 6:13 PM, Matt Hamilton wrote:
> What is the best way of us handling this? That article makes some
> harsh comments about Plone. If Plone were some large corporate I
> would imagine that lawyers would be swinging into action now.
> Do we want to publish some kind of official statement in response?
> Or privately contact that newspaper and ask them to retract their
> comment. It is a quote though so I don't know legal standing. Or do
> we just keep our head down and not draw attention to it?
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