We’re pleased to see GovLoop’s great report on open source solutions and agencies of the future released this month. OmniStudio, jumped on the open source bandwagon back in 2006, and we’ve long been making the argument that open source websites (especially those built in WordPress and Drupal) can help to lower tech costs, improve functionality and capacity, elevate transparency, and provide for a more streamlined approach to web presences for agencies and government officials in unprecedented ways.
The findings from this survey indicate that fast pace changes are taking place in open source adoption. A full 30% of respondents are not using open source currently and want to learn more. And many more are investigating open source technologies. Many CIOs and agency leaders have been discussing the growing use of open source tools in government, and we agree that it’s time more agencies turned to platforms like WordPress to optimize their information for the public.
One of the best features of tools like WordPress is their overall flexibility—from features and functions to the greater availability of technical experts. We agree with respondents who noted “open source allows agencies to control costs so they are not at the mercy of software vendors for upgrades.” Indeed web development, the most common use of open source tools in government, is a low cost, flexible, and friendly way to accomplish many tasks for government workers.
Here’s the statistic that made us sad. A full 60% of respondents cited a lack of education and knowledge on open source as the obstacle to adoption of the tools.
We have a solution for you!
If you are looking to learn more about WordPress as one of the amazing open source tools available for web development and a number of other tasks, please join us at our free and open workshop on December 4th. We’ll be showing off the power of WordPress and the amazing array of features and functions you can pack into this great platform. Registration is free and breakfast is included, but we do ask that you RSVP on our website here as space is limited.
Please join us and come learn more about the power of open source technologies.