|MyGOSSCON a Public Sector Staple|
MyGOSSCON a public sector staple The Malaysian Administrative Modernisation and Planning Unit’s (MAMPU) premiere open source software (OSS) event MyGOSSCON held annually since 2007 has become a staple of the public sector.
The prestigious OSS event has touched and stirred thousands of local and international experts, enthusiasts and novices.
MAMPU deputy director-general (ICT) Dr Nor Aliah Mohd Zahri (pic) said MyGOSSCON has reached beyond the government sector, not only successfully engaging and winning over OSS converts, but also benefiting from organisational support of private sector entities, chambers of commerce, and educational institutions to nurture and expand OSS communities to enhance the “OSS Ecosystem”.
She said the event leverages a myriad of opportunities and benefits through plenary and track sessions, exhibitions, OSS community forums, competitions, and other informative events.
“It had also offered relevant and in-depth competitions in the 2009 event with the first 24-Hour OSS Web Development Contest involving 104 programmers, OSS Case Study Awards with 33 submissions and OpenOffice.org Competition pitting 16 primary school teams on the theme “1Malaysia”.
“OSS Showcase Exhibition provides an OSS vendor’s forum to demonstrate products and services.
“Since 2007, there has been an evolution from basic solutions to innovative and mature offerings,” she said.
She said this underscores OSS acceptance by local ICT industry as a mainstream business opportunity for increasing ICT industry growth.
Nor Aliah said MyGOSSCON’s visibility has resulted in numerous requests for government-to-government, OSS collaboration initiatives from other countries including Saudi Arabia, South Africa and Sudan.
Before 2007, she said 131 Public Sector agencies used OSS. MyGOSSCON 2007, 2008 and 2009 increased this number to 163, 354 and 691 respectively, which reflects a five-fold increase.
This reflects dramatic MyGOSSCON influence on successfully promoting Public Sector OSS adoption and implementation, she added.