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The Information & Communication Technologies group at Frost & Sullivan will be hosting its third quarter analyst briefing on South Africa’s Open Source Software Market on 20 September 2007 at 17h00 CAT.

Open Source Software (OSS) is widely thought to be a relatively new concept in South Africa, but is it?
This briefing will provide insight into the current state of the market and highlight those areas in which the most opportunity awaits current and potential market players. The South African government has taken a very positive step by adopting a policy that emphasises the use of OSS in government departments. Is this enough though and what are the benefits that OSS can offer that are specific to the South African context?
"Open Source Software has the potential to eradicate a number of issues associated the skills shortage problem in South Africa, related specifically to ICT," notes Frost and Sullivan Research Analyst Lindsey Mc Donald. "Having the ability to learn in one's own language for instance, will be of great benefit to many young South Africans."
This briefing will benefit companies that are currently participating in the OSS sector and those wanting to identify key opportunities. The webinar is also an important way for systems integrators to understand where their expertise should be focused for future opportunities, particularly within the lucrative government sector.
Those interested in participating in this interactive teleconference should send an email to Patrick Cairns – Corporate Communications at patrick.cairns@frost.com with the following information: full name, company name, title, telephone number, e-mail address, city, state and country. The registration details will be emailed upon receipt of the above information.