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BENEFITS AND ADVANTAGES OF OPEN SOURCE SOFTWARE FOR UAE GOVERNMENT AGENCIES - Research Question and the Objectives

The main aim of the study is to explore the different advantages and benefits which OSS can offer towards UAE government. In line with this, the following are the specific objectives of the study:
  • To evaluate the current application of OSS in UAE government;
  • To compare open-sourced with closed-sourced software;
  • To analyze the different advantages and benefits that UAE government acquire from OSS; and
  • To examine the possible risks and disadvantages that UAE government can be experienced by using OSS.

In general, this study will answer the question: What are the different advantages and benefits that UAE government can acquire by using OSS compare with the closed-source software?

From the Problem statement our research will be based on answering the questions below:
•            What is the current state of OSS in the UAE?

•            What are the factors that would convince the government to apply OSS in its IT infrastructure?

BENEFITS AND ADVANTAGES OF OPEN SOURCE SOFTWARE FOR UAE GOVERNMENT AGENCIES - Statement of the Problem

Currently there is a lot of dependency on closed source software and there is a neglecting the  the fact that there are alternatives to their current software implementation. Although there is some kind of insinuative to implement OSS in some of the government entities but they are not sufficient and not considerably mentioned.
Cost is one of the main concerns nowadays because of the financial crises and cost cuts may affect the service delivery in cost source software.
“Boost the domestic software industry to realize the transition of China from IT consumer to IT provider” by “playing a leading role in the Linux/Open Source Software community” (Yeo  2006 cited from Hedgebeth 2007). As China is considering the implementation of the OSS to its internal entities so the UAE should take the same step towards the OSS implementation.

This study will be exploratory in nature. It is conducted because the problem has not been clearly defined. The issue about OSS in the government environment in UAE has not been studied before. With this, it is important to have an extensive preliminary work in order to gain familiarity with the phenomenon.

BENEFITS AND ADVANTAGES OF OPEN SOURCE SOFTWARE FOR UAE GOVERNMENT AGENCIES - Background of the Study

The open source software (OSS) development model was first established in the 1970s, partly as a cynical reaction to the move by some private software companies towards the appropriate public available software into their proprietary applications (Stallman & Lessig, 2002). For the last decades, the said software development model has materialized as a feasible and practical option to commercial software projects (Fitzgerald, 2006) and has attracted and motivated increasing attention from academic and corporate world (Stewart, Ammeter and Maruping, 2006).
Open source (OS) model of software developed has gained attention and become very popular in the research community because of different factors, which include: success of different OS products; agitation about monopoly in the software industry; continuous increase of demands for secured, efficient and dependable software applications; increasing market competition and presence of demands for low cost applications; and access to and availability of the Internet in aspect of an unexpected cooperation mean (Polančič, Horvat and Rozman, 2004). Richard Stallman opened the door for OSS. The GNU project was started in 1985 and establishes the Free Software Foundation to support his projects. Then in 1991 Linus Torvalds wrote the Unix-like kernel based on Minix. Thousands of hackers got involved in the Linux community, because Torvalds was willing to accept fixes and recommendations from users and co-developers, thus Linux become one of the most vital projects in open source movement (Yang and Wang, 2008).
Currently, different organizations are becoming more and more aware of the benefits of OSS. It is being used in order to support internal software development efforts or even to shift and move proprietary software offerings (Bahn and Dressel 2006). Currently, OSS is considered as one of the most popular trends in the informatic industry. It has become the most vital option or substitute to proprietary software in different fields. Apache has the overall share 53.84% of the entire web server market; Sendmail, Exim, Postix has 64.42% share in mail server market and Firefox has 24.41% share of the entire browser market. The most popular symbol of OSS is the Linux operating system. As a result, many companies, including IBM, Oracle as well as Novell had been able to take advantage of OSS on their business model (Pranić and Požgaj 2010).
                Just like the private sector, government agencies and departments are also taking advantage of many benefits and advantages of technologies, this particularly includes the use of OSS. Open source software is increasingly considered as a tool which can help governments to obtain efficient service delivery due to its low cost compared with the commercial or liscensed software (Mutula and Kalaote 2010). The Open Software Working Group (2002) defined OSS as software that is free of proprietary restrictions and is developed, released to, and can be modified and changed by the public, free of charge. Its users can view the source code, alter and re-distribute it.
                The process of software maintenance in OSS is different from that of the traditional method used in software development. In traditional setting, it is commonly needed to have a software maintenance team presented in an organization in order to offer post operational support. The support carries from operational aspects to change management. If the support requested is change management then the proposed changes need to be either approved or rejected and are later assigned to a defined set of individuals to put into practice and apply. The decision of approval or rejection is greatly dependent on the influence of the changes on the overall software application. This scenario is very different to most OSS cases, where it is not compulsory to get the change request permitted from any authority. Anyone can suggest and recommend a change and apply or execute the change by themselves or a request can be drifted among participants in the community. In some cases, there are moderators present in the OSS projects, and which necessitate the change request to be assessed before approving for implementation. The process of operational support is also alike, anyone can offer operational support against a request and the online forums generally become the point of contact for those seeking assistance or advice (Ahmed et al., 2009). Even though current trends and changes for the companies that take advantages of benefits of OSS to have some employees work on OSS, different surveys showed that common of the participants in OSS projects are volunteers (Lerner and Tirole, 2002).
                There are number of communities who focus on development of OSS. One of which is the Source Forge (www.sourceforge.net) a leading resource for open source software development and distribution which is dedicated in making open source projects in successful manner, and focus on collaboration of the entire community. With the use of tools offered in the website, there are 2.7 million developers who develop power software in more than 260,000 projects, and connects to more than 46 million consumers, serving more than 2 million downloads per day (Source Forge, 2010).

                Security is always a vital issue in software industry. Security, in all its forms, is the topic where all benefits of open-source paradigm become visible. Open-source security depends on a simple theory that the system with its components and elements is intrinsically more secure when its source code can be constantly checked, assessed and discussed by those experts and professionals in the security field. The rule of this viewpoint is clearly very simple and uncomplicated. All who are capable, competent and qualified to use their expertise and knowledge in security can examine and assess the source code for possible holes, bugs and planted or undersigned backdoors. Thus, it shows its advantage over closed- source systems, which is extreme. While close-source software can only be appropriately scrutinized by few individuals who have source code access, open-source programming code is subjected and reviewed by, possibly, millions of programmers – a international developer community which is competent of working out a patch in a matter of hours (Greiner, et al., 2003). 

BENEFITS AND ADVANTAGES OF OPEN SOURCE SOFTWARE FOR UAE GOVERNMENT AGENCIES – Abstract

This paper tackles the different issues that are related with the application of OSS in the government setting. It uses data gathered from different government agencies in UAE. Interviews were implemented to the chosen IT professionals or managers of these government agencies to gather data, and then use the grounded theory method to analyze the gathered data.
                The result of the study showed that OSS is being used extensively in UAE nowadays, about 25% to 55% of the entire datacenter system of the agencies involved in the study were already developed and being run with the use of OSS.
                In addition, the study also tackled the different advantages or benefits offered by OSS, which include customization or personalization because source code can be easily viewed, changed, managed and altered. With this, it can help in order to improve the skills and knowledge of the employees or those teams in the IT departments of the government agencies. In addition, it can also help in order to maintain transparency in different government agencies. Furthermore, OSS can also help in order to improve performance of the government agencies, because of the support offered by the OSS communities, therefore updates and development will be available and can be used in order to ensure the performance of the software.

                However, OSS can also offer wide variety of disadvantages. First is the lack of direct support, which leads to difficulty in implementation and maintenance. Then the hidden costs related to the training and learning of the employees or developers to be involved in OSS implementation and maintenance. 

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The Different Ways People Perceive Poverty

Possible Scenarios
Suffering in poverty has an effect. It will effect the people living in poverty. If people doesn’t have money then they will continue to suffer. They need support from the government. But, If Poverty is not being solved, then it would continuously grow. The more it grows the more it will be difficult to solve. If people wouldn’t be able to make a living then they will rebel that they need help because they didn’t receive any food and shelter from the government. Also, the government didn’t support them. But actually they have the budget to help these people, but some corrupt officials just stole the money for personal purposes. People will also do anything even committing a crime just to make a living. Most of the people wanted to survive from poverty, But some of them are contented in their life. In the future more people will continuously suffer. More people will not have their jobs, education, food, and shelter. More people will surely die and suffer to poverty. The next generation will just suffer from poverty instead. They must not suffer from poverty, they should be living a good life. They should do their best to make a living do everything they can until they survive from poverty.

Possible Course Of Action
The government in brazil took action on it, They have made policies that both the rich and the poor are equal. Such as Bolsa Familia. Bolsa Familia provides financial aid to those poor Brazilian families. To be able to have these aid,  Families should apply and provide the necessary documents, and, if accepted, they receive the cash electronically from an ATM. In return for those small cash transfers, families must keep their children in school and vaccinate them, ensuring they attend preventive health care visits, which include prenatal care for pregnant women, nutritional care and monitoring of their children’s growth and development.
Like philippines, The government of the Philippines is working to expand access to the health care, and education among the country's poorest families, but the road to recovery and improved equality is long. To aid in these efforts, There is a organisation called ChildFund has worked to provide increased resources to children in need and help them break the cycle of poverty.
Last year, we provided home- and center-based early childhood development services to more than 8,000 children in the Philippines' poorest provinces. Children enrolled in these programs to receive nutritious food and educational opportunities, and parents are trained in areas like nutrition and basic health care.
ChildFund also supports other programs that have led to 16,000 vulnerable children staying in school. Tutoring programs, developed in partnership with the Philippines government's Department of Education, have provide improvement in crucial areas such as English, math and science, building a strong foundation upon which children can continue their education.
I also come up with the idea that the income tax is calculated as a percentage of your earnings, so if income rises the tax also rises, meaning that the Individuals earning the
same income will be taxed at the same rate, and those earning more or less will pay more or less tax. It will also has bands of tax, with a tax-free allowance, so that people who only have very low income, they don’t need to pay taxes , and those at the very high income, higher tax will apply.
Personal Response
I have learned a lot after researching about poverty, I have learned that not only people in developing countries are suffering but also in developed countries. The data I have gathered online really did shock me. It was hard to believe that the problems were actually this serious.
It showed me that many people view poverty as different things, one may think that impoverished people are those who live in slums, while others may seem them as those who cannot buy luxury cars.

It taught me how serious the problems actually are, and this made me more appreciative of what i have in my life right now. I am more aware, thus I will do my best to help those in need. I will study hard so that i can help them but since i am still young i will do simple actions such as giving foods to those on the streets, giving shelters like blanket to them so they won’t get cold or even offering to take part in poverty campaigns could already make a great difference to the poors’ lives.


An Investigation into the Impact of Celebrity Endorsement on the Consumer Buying Behaviour of Teenagers and Young Adults - Chapter 1

Chapter 1

Introduction

            It is not uncommon for brands to enlist the services of a celebrity to promote their brand especially when they have to push for a new product line or gain immediate brand recognition or association.  It can be a risky strategy but it’s a fast way to encourage and influence the perception of the customers about the brand.
Celebrity is a common currency which has a shared meaning across and within cultures.  By using it, it becomes an easy win for a brand if the appropriate celebrity
 brand is matched with the appropriate product brand (Pike, R., 2014).
            It may seem that the public is already saturated by the daily dose of celebrity news and gossip but their appetite for all those information has not diminished and marketers have been continuously hiring celebrities more than ever.  This gives a nod to the effectiveness of the cult of celebrity. There are two broadly identified typologies in the market today.
The first are the global icons who are usually sports stars, movie personalities and models.  These global icons market luxury brands and nowadays, fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) products like personal care products and softdrinks.  Global advertising is also notoriously difficult to apply, so hiring a global icon easily breaks down the barriers of getting the message across, especially if the brand being promoted is relatively new in the minds of the audience.
The second group are the local personalities who are comedians, local sports personalities and heroes and soaps stars and chefs. Local personalities serve a different market and the expectations from them are radically different from what is expected from the global icons.
Global icons and local celebrities are two types of celebrity endorsers that teenagers and young adults look up to. Reaching the teenage market nowadays has just become a totally different ball game from what it was 20 years ago.  According to Oliver Pangborn, senior youth insights consultant at the market research firm The Futures Company,  "Teenagers have now become the gatekeepers to modern trends. With the internet and social media, teenagers have more access to that information than ever before." (Lapowsky, I., 2014).  They also have significant purchasing power. In a Nielsen survey, it was found out that almost 3 out of ten teens live in households whose income is US$100,000 or higher.  What’s interesting about this is that the teens are not only buying for themselves but passing technology down to their parents, encouraging their parents to buy iPhones and tablets, making them an important driving force behind their family's technology switch. Furthermore, teens are an important target audience since there is no learning curve for businesses to overcome since they were the first generation inherently attuned to this, meaning that they did not have to adapt to this lifestyle since they are more fluent in new technology