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12/01/2010 Government of Jordan selects Ingres to drive OpenSource adoption across the country
Jordan's Goal to Become the "Open Source Hub" for the Middle East in Line with other Worldwide Government Initiatives
Ingres Corporation, the leading open source database management company and pioneer of the New Economics of IT, and the Government of Jordan announced today that they have joined forces to establish the first ever agreement between an international company and a government to promote and drive open source adoption. Ingres and the Ministry of Information and Communications Technology of Jordan (MOICT) have entered into a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to achieve the widespread use of information technology and communication, particularly open source technology from Ingres, throughout the local software infrastructure in Jordan.
"Government agencies are always looking for the best way to quickly deliver quality services for their citizens using advanced technologies, but they also have an obligation to taxpayers to drive down their IT procurement costs," said Roger Burkhardt, CEO, Ingres. "The open source model delivers cost savings through a subscription model that provides excellent support with a cost that is aligned to the value delivered and totally eliminates the expense of proprietary license fees. We applaud the Government of Jordan as being the first to sign an agreement with an open source company to ensure the adoption of open source across the country. This is a huge first step and we hope to see other governments follow Jordan's lead by taking concrete actions to adopt open source to accelerate innovation and reduce the taxpayers costs."
Ingres understands that the university students of today are the chief technology officers of tomorrow, so the objective of the MOU will begin with the university system in Jordan where students will have the opportunity to learn about open source and begin working on open source projects. With the help of Duroob, an Ingres partner in the region, open source training on Ingres products will be provided in English, as well as the local language.
In addition, as part of the MOU, Ingres will:
As part of the agreement, the MOICT of Jordan will:
"We are pleased to promote the benefits of open source in our region and our role in becoming the open source 'hub' for the Middle East," said Samer Shamayleh, director of strategic agreements, MOICT. "Our agreement with Ingres will help us to raise awareness and create a general understanding among government agency leaders about the value of open source software. Open source allows IT systems to be built without expensive up front investments in license fees and, with Ingres, without compromising on critical needs for privacy, security, and reliability that are crucial to our government agencies."
Government and Open Source Around the World
While the Government of Jordan is the first to sign an official MOU announcing its intention to work with an open source company in driving adoption of open source solutions across the IT infrastructure, many governments around the world announced initiatives in 2009 to do the same.
"We are pleased to see some of the world's leading governments take a role to promote and use open source technologies to deliver innovative, lower cost services to their departments and citizens," continues Burkhardt. "Ingres and many of our open source partners are committed to help governments understand the benefits of adopting open source in their IT infrastructure. While we've come a long way, we've still got a long way to go in terms of global awareness of this superior, cost saving technology."
About Ingres Corporation
Ingres is a leading open source database management company. We are one of the largest open source companies in the world and the pioneer of the New Economics of IT, providing open source solutions at a dramatically reduced cost compared with proprietary software vendors. As a leader in the New Economics of IT, Ingres delivers low cost and accelerated innovation to more than 10,000 customers worldwide.
Ingres is a registered trademark of Ingres Corporation. All other trademarks, trade names, service marks, and logos referenced herein belong to their respective companies.
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