Gartner Research

Within the Enterprise, Open Source Must Coexist in a Hybrid IT Portfolio

Published: 23 August 2014

ID: G00267431

Analyst(s): Mark Driver

Summary

By 2016, the vast majority of mainstream IT organizations will leverage nontrivial elements of OSS (directly or indirectly) in mission-critical IT solutions. Consequently, IT organizations must learn to manage hybrid portfolios that contain both OSS and CSS assets.

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  • Impacts

Analysis

Impacts and Recommendations

  • The widespread use of open-source technology in mission-critical IT portfolios means that IT organizations must learn to manage a mixture of OSS and CSS
  • The ability of organizations to choose noncommercial self-support options means that IT organizations must learn to manage a mixture of commercial and noncommercial software assets
  • Because many OSS assets will continue to be undermanaged, IT organizations will continue to struggle to clearly identify the costs and risks associated with OSS

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