Open Source In ICT


All those wishing to break free from the shackles of proprietary software systems and expensive upgrades can attend the Open Source in ICT “Bridging the digital divide in Africa’ conference, which takes place on 13 and 14 May at the FNB Conference Centre, Sandton, Johannesburg.

Delegates will hear first hand experience of how successfully open source software can work with existing applications, seamlessly integrate into the current infrastructure, and about harnessing the benefits of using open source in the Public Sector.

Open Source software presents an opportunity to cut costs, see inside the software, demystify technology and understand the design so that all users can adapt technology to meet their own needs. It is widely seen as the key enabler for developing countries to achieve technological self-determination.

Open source can reduce total cost of ownership, enhance security, and create a vendor-independent network based on interoperability and open standards. The use of open source software will “maximise the value of ICT budgets” through savings on dollar-based licence costs and efficiency gains.

For more information and to register for the conference e-mail Michelle Marais at The Business Zone 1073 on or call +27(21)557 1218.


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