Silverstripe gets thumbs up

TOM PULLAR-STRECKER
Last updated 10:23 08/02/2013

Relevant offers

Politics

Bill English downplays high demand for emergency housing grants Chris Trotter: Labour's future has a single name Jacinda Ardern: ambitious simply to be 'good at her job' Rules on 1080 poison drops taken out of regional local govt hands Greens co-leader James Shaw pitches to Government stability in speech Stacey Kirk: An expected steamroll - Mt Albert win gives Jacinda Ardern near unstoppable momentum Jonathan Milne: Is it time to take the keys from Police Commissioner Mike Bush? Pike River mum: What we wanted was simple then, and it is simple now School budgets have increased so why are so many principals struggling to make ends meet? Tracy Watkins: Andrew Little's morning after headache in Mt Albert

The Government expects to save at least $500,000 a year after giving bureaucrats a "strong steer" to build websites using free open source software developed by Wellington company Silverstripe.

Internal Affairs Minister Chris Tremain said 10 to 15 government websites were built or redesigned each year and the decision to select Silverstripe as the Government's "common web platform" should save about $50,000 a project.

Silverstripe beat about a dozen rivals to secure the deal. Co-founder Sam Minnee said it could provide a significant boost for the 50-person firm.

But the nature of open source software meant it was "not a closed shop" - any web developers using its software to do paid government work could benefit from the contract, not just Silverstripe.

Internal Affairs estimates government agencies spend at least $40 million a year on more than 600 websites. Fairfax NZ

Ad Feedback

- Stuff

Comments

Special offers
Opinion poll

Where do you stand on political coat-tail riding?

If it gets marginalised voices into Parliament, I'm for it.

I'm against it - if you don't get the votes, you shouldn't be there.

It's just part of the political game.

Vote Result

Related story: Voters reject riding on the coat-tails

Featured Promotions

Sponsored Content