Absent interoperability in desktop applications locks-in Mannheim city

The 4200 desktop PCs used in the public administration of the German city of Mannheim are completely locked-in by proprietary software, says head of the city’s IT infrastructure department, Gerd Armbruster.

The city quietly abandoned a move to open standards and open source in 2007. “Vendor independence is no longer a political topic, here.”

An article for the Open Source Observatory at the EC’s Joinup portal, published on 10 February 2012.

Gijs Hillenius
Context for Digital Government

Policy specialist on open source in public services, knowlegde transfer expert