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Open Source for the Enterprise Managing Risks, Reaping Rewards

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ISBN-10: 0596101198

ISBN-13: 9780596101190

Edition: 2005

Authors: Dan Woods, Gautam Guliani

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Open source software is changing the world of Information Technology. But making it work for your company is far more complicated than simply installing a copy of Linux. If you are serious about using open source to cut costs, accelerate development, and reduce vendor lock-in, you must institutionalize skills and create new ways of working. You must understand how open source is different from commercial software and what responsibilities and risks it brings. "Open Source for the Enterprise is a sober guide to putting open source to work in the modern IT department. Open source software is software whose code is freely available to anyone who wants to change and redistribute it. New…    
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Book details

List price: $24.99
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: O'Reilly Media, Incorporated
Publication date: 8/6/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 234
Size: 7.00" wide x 9.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.880
Language: English

Gautam Guliani is a software architect and developer with over 10 years of experience in designing and developing enterprise grade to business problems in publishing, finance and education areas. He currently works as Director of Software Architecture at Kaplan Test Prep and Admissions, a Washington Post company.

Preface
The Nature of Open Source
The Open Source Debate
Understanding Your Open Source Readiness
The Nature of Open Source
What Is Open Source?
Where Does Open Source Come From?
How Does Open Source Grow?
How Does Open Source Die?
Leadership in the Open Source Life Cycle
Second-Generation Trends in Open Source
The Different Roots of Commercial Software
Productization: The Key to Understanding the Challenge of Using Open Source
Comparing the Risks of Commercial and Open Source Software
Measuring the Maturity of Open Source
Open Source Traps
The Elements of Open Source Maturity
The Open Source Maturity Model
The Open Source Skill Set
Preventing an Open Source Nightmare
Open Source Skill Levels
Open Source Skills Inventory
How Maturity Affects Required Skills and Resources
Skills and Risks
Open Source Skill Building
Making the ROI Case
ROI Fashions
How Open Source Costs Differ from Commercial Software Costs
Making Your Own ROI Model
Skills Versus Money
Designing an Open Source Strategy
Crafting a Strategy for Open Source Adoption
Crafting a Strategy for Applying Open Source
Crafting a Strategy for Managing Open Source
Support Models for Open Source
Open Source Support Offers
When Is Commercial Open Source Support the Right Choice?
Buy Carefully
Making Open Source Projects Easy to Adopt
One Program for Productization
Basic Information and Community Support
Reducing the Skills Gap for Getting Started
Accelerating Learning
Integration
Benefits of Increased Adoption
Opportunities for Skill Building
A Comparison of Open Source Licenses
Many Flavors of Licenses
The Classic Licenses
The BSD Licenses: FreeBSD, OpenBSD, and NetBSD
The MIT License
Second-Generation/Single-Project Licenses
Corporate Licenses
Why Pick Just One? The Dual Licensing Option
Open Source Under Attack
SCO Versus IBM and the Legal Quandary of Open Source
What You Need to Know About SCO
What It All Means: The Implications of the SCO Crisis
Open Source Empowerment
Two Poles of IT: Buy Versus Build
Where to Buy, Where to Build
Closing the Requirements Gap
Open Source Empowerment
The Vision and Challenge of IT
The Open Source Platform
End-User Computing on the Desktop
Open Source and Email
Groupware, Portals, and Collaboration
Web Publishing and Content Management
Application Development
Index