Open Source for Small and Medium Companies
Monday October 31st 2011, 15:19h
Filed under: FLOSS

At first sight Small and Medium Companies (SMEs) may not seem very attracted to open source software (OSS). They have little to save in IT costs if they use e.g. desktop Linux but lots of work to integrate and learn how to use OSS. However, the big potential for SMEs actually comes when they collaboratively develop and maintain certain industry software.

This could be coordinated through their local industry association contracting an open source software company to adapt existing ERP or CRM solutions to specific national regulations. Or the association could even appoint an OSS development company to create a new core business process software. By pooling the resources SMEs can on the one hand save money for the initial purchase of the software and on the other hand share the maintenance costs on the long run.

Recently I did a presentation about the chances of open source software for SMEs at the Chamber of Commerce in Liestal. The audience took it up well and the press reported positively about the event.

(The idea of resource pooling for collaborative open source development by software users works as the recent workshop regarding OOXML improvements in LibreOffice/OpenOffice showed.)

Update 2012-01-04: Just before Xmas a national magazine for SMEs published an article about this topic: Den ande­ren Blick wagen — Der Nut­zen von Open Source Soft­ware für kleine Unternehmen

Article about the event OSS for SMEs

First day in city council of Bern, election campaign continues
Thursday October 20th 2011, 23:57h
Filed under: FLOSS, Politics


Today I had my first day in the city council of Bern. It was a great experience, especially, because I already spoke in the plenum regarding a planned Microsoft Enterprise Agreement. By mobilizing other parties of the parliament we finally won the votation! It’s now already in the online news (Berner Zeitung).


Meanwhile my national election campaign continues. This weekend we’ll see who will go to direct Switzerland the next four years! Here is the campaign of Marc Jost and myself: 2 for 3 - two young politicians for three sustainable topics


Collective Action Initiative by Governments to Improve LibreOffice/
Thursday October 13th 2011, 20:01h
Filed under: FLOSS

I did a presentation at the LibreOffice conference in Paris about our workshop on improving OOXML support within LibreOffice/