Cambridgeshire County Councillor, Ian Manning is encouraging open source based tenders for the council’s future back end systems.
The move would build in flexibility and potentially save on expensive licence costs.
Cllr Manning, who represents Cambridge’s East Chesterton on the county council, became aware of the idea through his membership of the Local Government Shared Services (LGSS) joint committee which runs the council’s shared services collaboration with Northamptonshire.
Currently, the Councils in LGSS have several “Enterprise Resource Planning” (ERP) systems in place and are looking to upgrade and replace them all with one platform.
“It’s great that the organisation is consolidating its offering – which will take LGSS from strength to strength,” said Cllr Manning.
“I’m concerned about the overall cost of the current solution, and feel that open source alternatives could provide a better, cheaper, and more flexible alternative.”
Cllr Manning is spearheading the adoption of more open source software across the Council’s IT platforms, and is looking to hear from organisations that provide commercial level support for those systems.
 The tender can be found here: http://www.sourcenorthamptonshire.co.uk/contracts/show/id/10097
 Government policy encourages councils to adopt more open source software instead of commercial software