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Four Steps to Adopt Open-Source Software as Part of the DevOps Toolchain

Published: 06 February 2019

ID: G00378544

Analyst(s): Daniel Betts , Manjunath Bhat , Christopher Little


Open-source tools are critical to building the DevOps toolchain. I&O leaders responsible for DevOps must build technical and people skills, implement governance policies, determine the need for commercial support, and integrate open-source tools with the rest of the toolchain.

Table Of Contents
  • Key Challenges



  • Step 1: Create an Open-Source Talent Pool by Hiring and Training Individuals in Open-Source Technologies
    • Technical Skills
    • Version Control Becomes an Indispensable Skill as I&O Teams Manage Infrastructure as Code
    • Nontechnical People Skills
    • Need for Collaboration — With Internal Teams and External OSS Community
  • Step 2: Automate OSS Governance by Implementing Software Composition Analysis and Binary Repository Tools
    • Integrating Software Composition Analysis Tools Into the DevOps Workflow
    • Scanning for Security Vulnerabilities
    • Scanning for License Compliance
  • Step 3: Determine the Need for Commercial Support by Assessing the Level of Risk and Availability of Internal Skills
  • Step 4: Incorporate the Right Open-Source Tools Into the DevOps Toolchain Based on the Functional Requirements of the Pipeline

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