South african government procurement
South African IT procurement, amongst many other factors and regulations, is governed by these principles
- Cost containment
- Open Source (FOSS)
An OPEN tender or quotation process must be followed in these circumstances
- new requirements
- the end of an ELA or SLA
These are the basic steps that ANY government entity is supposed to follow
- conduct a process to determine functional and non-functional requirements and write these up as formal ToR (Terms of Reference)
* you may not mention a product or brand OR structure the ToR so they fit a brand or vendor * a 'licence' is not a functional requirement and therefore has no place in a ToR
- put these out to OPEN tender or quotation (depending on size) via the CSD (Central Supplier Database) so they appear on the | eTender portal
- if a FOSS-based bid is submitted and is considered responsive, it has to be adjudicated fairly along with any other bid. If it comes out with the best score (technical+price+BEE) then naturally it must be selected.
- there is NO justification for hanging on to a proprietary system
- the early stages of a FOSS contract should include a managed migration process, of systems and users.
FOSS policy in South Africa
Some International FOSS policy and case studies