Institute of Software Practitioners of Nigeria (Ispon) plans to establish a software bazaar for indigenous software developers in a move to build confidence in locally developed software in the country, Nigeria CommunicationsWeek can now reveal.
The planned software bazaar will help in building synergy between indigenous developers, users as well as other partners in resolving standard issues.
It is also part of renewed effort by newly reconstituted Ispon executives to ensure that indigenous software dominate the industry.
Software bazaar is a distributed revision control system designed to make it easier for anyone to contribute to free and open source software projects.
Nigeria CommunicationsWeek gathered that the software bazaar will be held every last Saturday of each month. It requires indigenous developers to show demos on the capability and efficacy of their products before users drawn from different spheres of the country’s economy.
Indigenous software in the country has been battling with the problem of low patronage, especially by big organizations and government agencies and departments. These resulted in federal government in 2006 directing its agencies and department to give indigenous software priority when choosing software. This directive did not achieve the desired objective as those agencies flouted the directive claiming certification issues as reasons for them not following the directive.
They also said that indigenous software does fail during the process of implementation.
Nigeria CommunicationsWeek gathered that there has been several failed foreign software at the implementation stage in some government department as well as big organizations.
Presently, indigenous software control 60 percent market share but itching to increase this by capturing the critical areas such as core banking application among others where foreign software dominate.