Brazilian government lists preferred Open Source applications
The Brazilian government wants its public administrations to check an Open Source reference guide before launching new IT projects. This moves taken by the Government of the 5th world economy, confirms Brazilian leadership and long term commitment on open source software.
The "Instruction for Contracting IT Services" was recently published by the Secretary of Logistics and IT, part of the Ministry of Planning. The instruction is intended prevent equivalent software solutions from being developed several times.
"The portal should be consulted by public managers before starting a new software development project, to check whether a comparable software solution already exists", an introduction on the web site explains. If a solution exists, the procurement can then be adapted to improve on that software project.
Brazil is the world's fifth largest country both by population and geographical area. The country has some 187 million inhabitants.
Proven Open Source experience in Brazilian public sector
SERPRO, the main IT solution provider for the Brazilian Government, is actively using Plone and Zope as its primary Portal construction tool for Government Web Content Management Solutions. SERPRO is responsible for all IT services within the Ministry of Finance and key information systems for the federal government. Principal products are Internet access services, Intranet portal solutions, consultancy and network communication services, and government applications (cities, states and federal).
SERPRO counts on an impressive list of reference.