What Every IT Practitioner Needs to Know About OSS

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Summary

Gartner has determined that there are 10 factors that IT practitioners must be aware of when addressing the role of open-source software in long-term technology road maps to maximize business value and minimize risk.

Table of Contents

  • Analysis
    • 1.0 Open Source Is Unavoidable
    • 2.0 OSS Is Not Public Domain, Shareware or Freeware
    • 3.0 OSS Is Not the Same as Open Standards
    • 4.0 The Potential Value of OSS Is Rooted in Freedom and Choice
      • 4.1 OSS Does Not Automatically Produce Higher-Quality Solutions Than Closed-Source Efforts
      • 4.2 OSS Is Not Automatically More Secure Than Closed Source
      • 4.3 Open Source and Ideology Don't Mix
    • 5.0 No Single Entity Has Exclusive Control Over an Open-Source Codebase
    • 6.0 Open-Source ROI Results Vary Dramatically
      • 6.1 You Can Sometimes Save With Open Source, but Not Always
      • 6.2 OSS Cost Savings: Expectations Versus Reality
    • 7.0 OSS Presents Enterprises With Risks and Benefits
      • 7.1 A Governance Program Is Critical to Open-Source ROI
    • 8.0 OSS Affects IT Market Segments in Different Ways
    • 9.0 Be Cautious of Vendors Flying the Open-Source Flag
      • 9.1 "Open Core" Dual Licensing Now Dominates Commercial OSS Efforts
    • 10.0 OSS Is Evolving Just as Every Other Aspect of Technology
  • Recommended Reading
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