Open Standards NZ Co-signers

The undersigned have all agreed that the New Zealand government should create a level playing field for software by mandating that all software procurement, particularly of commercial-off-the-shelf software, only considers software complying with open standards that are vendor-neutral, royalty-free and unencumbered by patents.

Where no relevant open standard exists, the government should undertake to develop suitable open standards, building on those already available elsewhere.

The goal is for software suppliers to the NZ government to compete to meet government-specified open standards rather than competing to set their own proprietary standard as is currently common practise.

# Name Organisation Comment
1 Martin Hohman-Marriott United Scientists CORE Limited open standards are crucial for: - collaboration - future-proof technologies - resource conservation
2 Rasheed A Waikato Islamic School We use Firefox and LibreOffice on all PCs in our computer lab. Our students do not miss any feature in MS Office :)
3 Lovepreet Singh
4 Michel Van Eeckhout Open standards are essential in any democracy.
5 Carl Geib
6 Adrian Cochrane OpenWork Ltd I value free market competition, and this is how you get it in the software space.
7 Mike Riversdale Access Granted NZ
8 Sam Bristow
9 Loic Teixeira
10 Richard McMillan
11 Nathan Brown Springload
12 Jonathan Garlick
13 Eion Robb
14 Stephen Harlow
15 Lachlan Wimsett
16 Andrew Mason The Knowledge Group Ltd.
17 David Nind
18 Steven Ellis In order for any Govt to maintain or reduce their IT costs it is critical that Open Standards are adopted or you continue to be locked into expensive proprietary approaches that carry a high end of life cost.
19 Don Christie Catalyst IT
20 Olumuyiwa Taiwo Logic Expertise It's unfortunate that in 2016 governments still need to be educated on the benefits of open standards. An indirect consequence of governments mandating open standards is that the general citizenry, and small businesses in particular, will eventually start doing the same. The result will be a broadening of the base from which business are able select IT solutions and a lowering in business costs.
21 Colin Jackson Jackson Strategy Government spends a truly vast amount on IT. It is the biggest purchaser of IT in New Zealand. Yet, despite IT being NZ's second largest export, most of that spend goes to overseas companies due to lock-in practices by multinationals. Come on, NZ government, this isn't hard, just solve it the way other countries do, by requiring open standards so that all IT companies can compete.
22 Grant Paton-Simpson PSAL Open standards = competition = superior results
23 Monica Corbett Whattam
24 Brent Wood
25 James Nisbet Bandit Design
26 Don Johnston Learn Rapidly Ltd Because of the use of Microsoft Office in schools, parents are almost forced to purchase it to enable their children to do their homework on home computers. This would be totally unnecessary if schools were required to adopt open standards.
27 Danny Adair
28 Megan Williams PwC Digital I agree that Open Standards would allow NZ digital companies to compete for software development contracts. That NZ tax payers money returns value to NZ, the IT dollar is invested back in NZ which is good for innovation, growing NZ IT & digital capability, and in turn economic development.
29 Michelle Beavan Exess Connectivity Ltd
30 Robert Fromont
31 Rob Elshire The Elshire Group Limited In addition to the many reasons for open standards presented here, as a genomics researcher, open standards will allow us access and connect data sets over time. Proprietary standards will not. In this way, open standards promote the generation and diffusion of knowledge and drive innovation.
32 Richard Law
33 Roger Wayne Willcocks L-space Design Limited
34 Michael Fincham
35 Evan Fraser
36 John Butt TrueNet Not just Microsoft, it would be good to get Apple to use opensource for it's office files also.
37 Daniel Reurich Centurion Computer Technology (2005) Ltd Until we have mandatory vendor neutral open standards for government, there will always be additional impediments to interactions with the government. It's time things were rebalanced and vendors brought to heel, so that everybody can participate regardless of the technology they have access too.
38 Fran Firman
39 Chris Linwood
40 Brady Dyer Web Boutique Heard you talk at ITx2016