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Assessing Open Source Software Projects

Published: 13 October 2005

ID: G00203144

Analyst(s): Richard Monson-Haefel


Open source options are gaining traction in enterprise computing, but with more than 100,000 projects to choose from, it's difficult to separate the wheat from the chaff. This overview by Senior Analyst Richard Monson-Haefel examines characteristics of good open source software projects and evaluates three methodologies for assessing open source projects: Navica Open Source Maturity Model (OSMM), Business Readiness Rating (BRR), and Capgemini OSMM.

Table Of Contents



  • Comparing Commercial and Open Source Software
  • Governance
  • Assessing Open Source Software
    • License
    • Features and Functionality
    • Community
  • Open Source Assessment Models
    • Navica OSMM
    • Business Readiness Rating
    • Capgemini OSMM
  • Recommendations

The Details

  • Navica OSMM
    • Phase 1: Assess and Score Key Product Elements
    • Phase 2: Assign Weights to Key Product Elements
    • Phase 3: Calculate the Maturity Score
  • The BRR
    • Establish Functional Orientation
    • Phase 1: Quick Assessment
    • Phase 2: Target Usage Assessment
    • Phase 3: Data Collection and Processing
    • Functionality
    • Phase 4: Data Translation
  • Capgemini OSMM
    • Understanding the Model and Process



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