Tom Pullar-Strecker at Stuff reports:
Government websites will switch to free, open-source software from Wellington firm Silverstripe under an “all-of-government” contract …
DIA last year chose 33 firms to design and develop websites for government agencies through separate all-of-government web services contracts. The decision to pick Silverstripe as its “common web services platform” following a tender means those firms will use Silverstripe’s software in place of about 50 other content management systems when carrying out work for government agencies. …
Don Christie, co-chairman of NZ Rise, which lobbies on behalf of domestic information technology suppliers, said the win was “fabulous” for Silverstripe, which employs 50 people. The company was founded by three Wellington College and Scots College graduates in 2000 – Tim Copeland, Sam Minnee and Sigurd Magnusson, who still own 84 per cent.
Although its software is free, Silverstripe earns money from add-ons and consulting.
Silverstripe rose to prominence in 2008 when its software was used to manage the website for the United States Democrats’ National Convention at which Barack Obama was selected as the party’s presidential candidate.
Air New Zealand switched from a Microsoft content management system to Silverstripe the following year.
Silverstripe is a great local success story, and they go from strength to strength.