Government open source initiatives worldwide drive open source DMBS adoption


Open source policy initiatives in the United States, Europe, and Asia are pushing government agencies to move from traditional databases to open source DMBS. Further evidence that open source is taking over the world. Case in point: a rise in PostgreSQL adoption.

It's all about controlling costs, naturally. But security is a factor too and open source anything is almost always more secure than its proprietary counterparts.

"Government agencies need the freedom of choice and agility that open source technologies provide so they can shift cost savings to pursue mission-critical initiatives," said Ed Boyajian, President and CEO of EDB, producer of the open source database Postgres, in a statement to the press.

EnterpriseDB, a global provider of PostgreSQL software and services, reported a significant jump in U.S. government clientele in recent years. The company said more than 150 U.S. civilian, defense and intelligence agencies have adopted their open source database Postgres in their efforts to meet The Open Government Partnership and Federal Information Technology Acquisition Reform Act (FITARA) provisions.

A European Parliament resolution similarly calls for government agencies' shift to open source, but their reasoning is technological independence from both other countries and giant technology companies.

Also, the French government passed the Digital Republic Bill while the U.K. government joined the D5 Charter with Estonia, Israel, New Zealand and South Korea.

Then there's India which issued a formal policy on open source called the Policy on Adoption of Open Source Software for Government of India.

Gartner says in a 2015 report that the OSDBMS (open source DMBS) market is worth $562 million and has grown 31 percent year over year since 2013. Certainly that market growth isn't solely driven by government initiatives but their impact is considerable.

Currently there are few if any areas of IT tech left untouched by open source. You can expect that shift to pick up steam quickly.

For more:
- read the press release
- read the Gartner report
- see the European resolution and U.S Open Government Partnership [.pdf]
- see the Federal Information Technology Acquisition Reform Act (FITARA)
- see the French Digital Republic Bill and India's formal policy
- see the D5 Charter

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