Readers of my blog will be familiar Kuali – the coalition of universities that co-create a suite software core to their operations – as I’ve blogged about several times and argued that it is a powerful model for local governments interested in rethinking how they procure (or really, co-create) their software.
For some time now I’ve heard rumors that some local governments have been playing with Kuali’s software to see if they can adapt it to work for their needs. Yesterday, David Hill of Marin County posted the comment below to a blog post I’d written about Kuali in which he openly states that he is looking for other municipalities to partner with as they try to fork Kuali financials and adapt it to local government.
<firstname.lastname@example.org> (unregistered) wrote:
I completely agree. It is a radical change for government in at least four ways:
1) Government developers (are there any?) have little experience with open source
2) CIOs have no inherent motivation to leave the commercial market model
3) Governments have little experience is sharing
4) CIOs are losing their staff due to budget cuts, and have no excess resources to take on a project that appears risky
But, let’s not waste a crisis. Now is the best time to get KUALI financials certified for government finance and accounting and into production.
Please contact me if you are planning to upgrade or replace your financial system and would like to look at KFS.
Randy Ozden, VivanTech CEO is a great commercial partner
County of Marin
David’s offer is an exciting opportunity and I definitely encourage any municipal and county government officials interested in finding a cheap alternative to their financial management software to reach out to David Hill and at least explore this option. (or if you know any local government officials, please forward this to them). I would love nothing more to see some Kuali style projects start to emerge at the local level.