Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 27th Dec 2005 18:03 UTC, submitted by Andy Updegrove
Features, Office "I'm very sorry to report that Peter Quinn, the CIO of Massachusetts who has been at the center of a controversy relating to his efforts at the Information Technology Division to adopt the OpenDocument format for the use of the Commonwealth's Executive Agencies, has resigned."
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RE: Mass. CIO Peter Quinn Resigns
by pjafrombbay on Wed 28th Dec 2005 08:09 UTC
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2005-07-31

As a retired public servant (albeit from the other side of the world) I find this cow-towing to mediocre and crass commercial interests instead of good and worthwhile public policy deplorable.

At least Peter Quinn was able to get the idea up and running (if only for a short period). In my experience, such an idea floated to the Australian Government would never have got off the ground for fear off offending firstly Mr Gates and then secondly Mr Bush.

There is an old saying over here in Oz about smelly brown stuff that always floats to the top. Massachusetts change of direction just helps to prove that saying.

Regards,
Peter

There is nothing more difficult to take in hand, more perilous to conduct, or more uncertain in its success, than to take the lead in the introduction of a new order of things -- Niccolo Machiavelli, The Prince, ch. 6

Edited 2005-12-28 08:11

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