Martin Callinan, EU Joinup European Catalogue of Standards for Procurement, 18 June 2016
Public sector procurement organisations such as Crown Commercial Services in the UK are guiding public sector organisations to facilitate the procurement of Open Source Software based solutions. However there is little or no guidance of how to negotiate contracts and measure the effectiveness of open source software solutions compared to proprietary solutions.
The “Custodian as a Service” proposed is a guidance and tookits to educate organisations of the commercial models of open source software supplier and what metrics to include to evaluate these solutions. Wrapped around this service are a set of services to govern to independently validate the solutions.