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IBM Linux head says savings real

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The New Zealand government could save millions of dollars a year using open source software, says IBM's global head of public sector Linux sales.

Mary Ann Fisher says IBM is pushing an open standards and open source approach for public sector customers, but one tied to proprietary software as well.

Ms Fisher was in Wellington last week to speak at a seminar organised by Govis, an association of government IT managers. She encouraged them to keep trialling and using Linux and other open source software.

Worldwide, she says IBM has seen "real savings from putting open source into government architecture".

Savings come from lower license fees and maintenance costs, as well as more innovation and better applications being produced by government departments.

She says the British government has saved about E2.3 billion since switching to a Linux-based procurement system.

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