DK: Ministry leaves out open source savings in report on Police budget

In a report requested by the parliament on the Police budget, the Danish ministry of Finance has left out recommendations by its consultants to switch to open source, which would result in savings of a 100 million kroner (about 13 million Euro), Danish newspapers report.

The omission was found by the Danish Association for Open Source Service suppliers (OSL), which compared the report sent to parliament with the original report by McKinsey, a consultancy. They recommend switching from the proprietary office system and relational database management system to open source alternatives OpenOffice and MySQL.

According to McKinsey, the costs for switching to OpenOffice would be between 2 and 7.5 million kroner (between 270,000 and a million Euro), depending on the effort for integration and the number of office macros that need to be converted.


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