When replacing or upgrading city software platforms, NYC should in line with the US Department of Defense’s procurement policy. NYC should consider all open-source software projects to commercial software. Additionally, the city should require all vendors who produce software to consider open source solutions.
This would ensure that one vendor’s tools can be supported by multiple vendors, and could be customized by teams of vendors working together. Under the previous administration, DoITT considered an initiative that would leverage NYC’s “social network” of individuals and vendors to produce software.