[OSGeo-Discuss] Certified software policy within international aid agencies

maning sambale emmanuel.sambale at gmail.com
Fri Nov 23 05:52:46 PST 2012

Dear everyone,

While manning our OSGeo booth in a geo conference today. An employee of an
international aid agency approached me and said while they very much like
to try many of our software, they can't easily install them because they
have strict IT policy that requires that a software should be certified by
their organization.

I know this is not OSGeo specific but more of FOSS in general. I am also
aware that large businesses may have similar IT policies. However, what
concerns me more is that these aid agencies are directly working with many
organizations specifically with developing countries like ours. They have
limited view on what FOSS options are available and it can influence any
advice they on what technology developing country organizations can use.

Just a thought.

Maning Sambale (mobile)
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