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Enabling OSS Usage Through Procurement Projects: How Can Lock-in Effects Be Avoided?

Abstract : Formulation of mandatory requirements in procurement projects has significant influence on opportunities for development and deployment of Open Source Software (OSS). The paper contributes insights on a widespread practice amongst public procurement projects which causes problematic lock-in effects and thereby inhibits opportunities for use of OSS solutions. Through a systematic investigation of 30 randomly selected procurement projects in the software domain the paper highlights illustrative examples of mandatory requirements which cause lock-in and presents five recommendations for how requirements instead should be formulated in order to avoid causing lock-in. Findings show significant lock-in caused by current procurement practices with a stark preference for proprietary software and SaaS solutions amongst procuring organisations.
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Björn Lundell, Jonas Gamalielsson, Simon Butler, Christoffer Brax, Tomas Persson, et al.. Enabling OSS Usage Through Procurement Projects: How Can Lock-in Effects Be Avoided?. 17th IFIP International Conference on Open Source Systems (OSS), May 2021, Lathi/virtual event, Finland. pp.16-27, ⟨10.1007/978-3-030-75251-4_2⟩. ⟨hal-03254056⟩



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