Technology

Developers lined up for huge gains in software shift

Because of limited talent, the migration to FOSS will be in phases starting with KRA, the Treasury and CBK. Photo/File
Because of limited talent, the migration to FOSS will be in phases starting with KRA, the Treasury and CBK. Photo/File  Nation Media Group

The Government is doing away with copyrighted software for Free Open Source Software (FOSS) as it seeks to cut its expenditure on IT.

According to the directorate of e-Government, the migration will see related costs reduce by 20 per cent initially but improve to 80 per cent in three years of shift.

At present, most government data bases and computer platforms use proprietary software provided by vendors such as Microsoft, Oracle and Cisco but which it says is more costly compared to FOSS.

Katherine Getao, the ICT secretary at the directorate of e-Government, said it costs a government agency about Sh237 million per annum to acquire and upgrade copyrighted software.