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Needs for a Semi-Open Source Software Business Model for Local Governments
Linköping University, Department of Management and Engineering, Industrial Economics. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
Linköping University, Department of Management and Engineering, VITS - Development of Informations Systems and Work Context. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
Botkyrka kommun, Sweden.
2008 (English)In: Collaboration and the Knowledge Economy: Issues, Applications, Case Studies / [ed] Paul Cunningham and Miriam Cunningham, Amsterdam, The Netherlands: IOS Press, 2008Conference paper (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

The search for efficient business models for open source software is a hot topic both for software vendors and for customers and users of software. In this paper we investigate possibilities for a network of municipalities in Sweden, Sambruk, to use an open source business model for their procurement of software solutions. More specifically, the procurement of public e-services has been followed in seven case studies, of which one was studied in-depth and is accounted for in detail in this paper. The results are that municipalities- investments in e-services are important both concerning function and long-term cost of ownership. Open source software, OSS, can be an alternative, but in the studied procurement cases it appeared not to be a realistic choice in practise. This paper investigates why, and the conclusions are presented as general results. The authors also suggest an alternative business model referred to as Sambruk Community Licence, ie a semi-open source software business model for local governments. 

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Amsterdam, The Netherlands: IOS Press, 2008.
Keyword [en]
open source, e-service, business model
National Category
Engineering and Technology
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-44208Local ID: 76037ISBN: 978-1-58603-924-0OAI: diva2:265069
e-Challenges 2008, Stockholm, Sweden, 22 - 24 October 2008

Article ref. no. 240

Available from: 2009-10-10 Created: 2009-10-10 Last updated: 2014-03-18Bibliographically approved

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