When evaluating the product compatibility with the existing IT-infrastructure, the contracting authorities do not often opt for open-source software, because historically the state sector was Windows-oriented.

22 april 2014 | PC Week

According to Ivan Kudryashov, contracting authorities formally determine the optimal correlation between the price, time and quality, when purchasing software. At the same time, the current state information policy and the strategy of a certain institution or authority are considered. Consequently, the choice can fall on an open-source or a proprietary software – it depends on the case.

Ivan Kudryashov
Ivan Kudryashov
Directorate for Information Technologies


As PC Week writes in the article “ROSS’2014: safety, independence and import substitution aspects”, the expert presented a diagram on the ROSS Summit 2014, where he graphically showed the average priorities of the contracting authorities for the evaluation of individual quality criteria of software products.

Looking back on the wide experience of implementation of systems, the expert believes that using open-source software for a limited amount of users, which is typical for public authorities, eventually costs more. When evaluating the product compatibility with the existing IT-infrastructure, the contracting authorities do not often opt for open-source software, because historically the state sector was Windows-oriented.