The Slovenia Times

Govt Planning to Overhaul IT Systems


The government has tasked the ministry to draft plans for the overhaul by the end of April.

"The overhaul will be conducted in a way to cut total costs and give each part of the government the opportunity to rebuild the very foundations of their IT capacities," the ministry said.

IT-related costs in 2012 stood at EUR 86m. About EUR 34m was spent on new hardware and software and EUR 36m on maintenance. The ministry said costs were down 13% compared to the year before, primarily due to an almost 25% drop in spending on new hardware and software.

The ministry had previously been considering to switch to open-source IT solutions. In 2011, a study on feasibility was conducted and found significant potential in open-source, but the project was eventually shelved due to budget cuts.

The ministry currently has no concrete plans for the introduction of open-source software bar "trying to use free open-source software wherever possible".

A partial switch to open-source has however been successful at Slovenia courts, which have in the past years replaced Microsoft's office software with open-source alternative Openoffice and other free open-source software. The Supreme Court has estimated that the switch helps save over EUR 500,000 annually.


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