Widespread Use of Open-Source Software Demands Strong and Effective Governance

Archived Published: 13 August 2014 ID: G00267430


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By 2016, the vast majority of mainstream IT organizations will leverage nontrivial elements of open-source software (directly or indirectly) in mission-critical IT solutions. However, most will fail to effectively manage these assets in a manner that minimizes risk and maximizes ROI.

Table of Contents

  • Analysis
  • Impacts and Recommendations
    • The widespread use of open-source technology in mission-critical IT portfolios means that IT leaders must establish effective governance processes
    • OSS governance efforts that do not include developers as critical members of the decision generally result in a decision-making process that doesn't work
      • Programmers Care About Innovation Balanced With Stability
      • Open-Source Projects Promote Innovation Through Collaboration
      • Open-Source Projects Promote Stability Through Reuse
    • Many IT organizations focus solely on cost savings as motivation for OSS adoption and miss other important opportunities and benefits such as flexibility and innovation
    • Since vendors frequently use open source to optimize their engineering costs, without advertising the fact to their customers, most IT leaders do not know the extent of their exposure to OSS issues
  • Gartner Recommended Reading
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