Open source can help move SA from being a consumer nation, to being innovators, says MD of Obsidians,
The rate of innovations continues to increase and the information age is finally evolving into the information economy because of the standardisation enabled by open source technology.
This is according to
In his 2013 Open Source:
Van Staden concurs, remarking that from the emerging markets perspective, governments should be playing a more active role in how people can adopt, implement and innovate through technology.
"We often bemoan the lack of employment, yet you have a technology like open source that could open up wide ranging career avenues and innovation platforms in a country like SA. There's not a bank, a telecoms company, smartphone maker or airline that doesn't make use of this technology. Every person touches open source on a daily basis, whether they realise it or not. Capital market institutions for example, are stepping up their adoption of open-source software, as cost pressures force an increasingly collaborative approach to IT operations," remarks
"Exchanges and banks have long been using generic open-source software such as Linux and Apache to run their infrastructure, but open-source tools are rapidly being adopted in the front office."
Furthermore, open source methodology is used in the airline industry to encourage collaboration regarding next-generation travel applications, according to
"Open source is one example of how governments can align and educate people on the use of technology. You can give a school kid a piece of free open source technology and let them go home and open it up. Yes proprietary vendors can give you some free software, but you can hardly dismantle it and see how it works. With open source, the learner can go home and look at the code and understand the libraries and what they do. For pure up skilling, open source is brilliant."
"We will not become an IT powerhouse through everyone only knowing how to 'click and drag', we need to understand software and open source grants us the opportunity to do that at a lower cost, it works faster and is much more flexible," he concludes.
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