Monday, May 30th, 2011
Australia’s Open Source Industry Association (OSIA) will be showcasing lead examples of “open source in action” at this week’s CeBit conference in Sydney. The OSIA stand N04 will display a selection of local open source solutions and is highlighting three member companies:

Pretaweb- PretaWeb is a specialist in development and top tier support for scalable, high availability web content management solutions built using Plone, one of the largest and most dynamic open source projects in the world. PretaWeb has developed and support Plone powered feature rich websites, intranets, mulit-site and e-government shared web platforms for major clients such as the NSW State Transit Authority, Greens Party, CSIRO and O'Brien Glass Industries.

Polonious- Core competencies are around business consulting, open source technologies, software development and long term support. Polonious have software development techniques that produce great outcomes in both the start up phase and the longer term. Once they know where you want to go, Polonious can help you get there

Opengear - Opengear develops enterprise-grade remote infrastructure management solutions. Opengear's open source platforms give network managers and system integrators virtual hands to securely monitor, access and control networking equipment in remote offices; computers in data centers and the smart device infrastructure they may have distributed all over the world.

OSIA Chairman Stuart Guthrie and other directors from the association will be on the stand to explore with visitors how open source can meet their needs.

“Recently we have seen strong affirmations that open source does deliver reduced risk and lower cost solutions, coupled with increased security and innovation,” said Mr Guthrie pointing to a U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) Open Technology Development: Lessons Learned and Best Practices for Military Software released last week.

This report recommends DOD developers use open source to develop software whenever possible in place of closed-source options, and includes comprehensive guidelines and best practices for using open standards and open source technology. The report itself was released under an open-source license and is available for free download. (

“One of the exciting pieces in this 68-page guide is the focus on the importance of community in creating open source projects,” he said. “This bodes well for Australia as many of our OSIA members are leaders in global open source community software projects.”

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Open Source Industry Association

OSIA ( is Australia's national Open Source Industry Association. OSIA mission is to further the cause of both Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) in Australia and to help its members to improve their business success in this growing sector of the global Information and Communication Technology (ICT) market. OSIA will be exhibiting on stand N04 at CeBIT, May 31 - 2 June at Sydney Convention & Exhibition Centre.
Stuart Guthrie
P: 0403 470 123


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