'Mix and match' is spicier
MAIT, the apex body of the Indian Hardware industry, has zeroed in on Open
Source Software (OSS). It believes a combination of open source and proprietary
systems, is the right formula for enterprise computing.
MAIT recently held a national conference titled 'Open Source Software: A new
direction for India?' It attempted to explore new avenues for OSS in India.
The discussions highlighted the importance of using merged solutions of open
source and proprietary systems for optimal results.
Dr Gautam Shroff, Head-Architecture and Consulting, TCS, said: "Open Source
choices combined with proprietary software can yield low TCO for users as well
as provide viable business models for the industry."
During the discussion some innovative suggestions were offered to solve the
support issues that are often cited against OSS implementations. One such suggestion
is to encourage contributions from in-house personnel, to the open source movement.
Such contributions will not only increase knowledge levels but also take care
of support issues.
Another approach to tackling the support issue is to have the involvement of
academic institutions that have skilled talent pools in the form of studentsto
provide support structures.
"In the open source world, a support structure needs to be present, that
the academia in conjunction with the industry can provide," said Dr D.B.
Phatak, Subrao Nilekani Chair Professor, IIT Bombay.
Held on 24th February 2004, the conference was presided by
Mukesh Khullar, Secretary-IT, Government of Maharashtra. It also cited the emerging
importance of OSS with reference to Indian implementations like NSE.IT, BARC
and Government of Maharashtra.