Succeeding with Open Source

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Addison-Wesley Professional, 2005 - Computers - 242 pages
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Much like Odysseus - who had to negotiate perils between Scylla and Charybdis - IT managers face daunting challenges. On one side, there is relentless pressure to cut costs. On the other lies an unending demand for innovative solutions. However, unlike Odysseus, IT managers must not simply avoid either fate: Instead, they must fulfill both quests. To meet these seemingly disparate goals, IT organizations are increasingly investigating the use of open-source software for its cost-effectiveness and flexibility. However, myths about open-source software persist - for example, that it runs only on Linux or that it is not stable enough for demanding production environments. Dispelling those myths, leading companies such as Amazon.com and Google rely on open-source software, and many more companies will make the switch in the years ahead. Succeeding with Open Source is the first book written specifically for IT managers who need to evaluate, select, and use open-source software. The author begins with the fundamentals of open-source solutions and how they differ greatly from commercial software. He then introduces the Open Source Maturity Model (OSMM), an invaluable resource for assessin
  

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Contents

PARTI
1
Who Creates Open Source?
11
Where Do I Get Open Source Software?
24
Open Source Business Models
29
The Bottom Line
38
Security and Quality Risk
49
Selecting Assessing
59
What Is Product Maturity?
70
Assigning a Technical Support Maturity Score
143
Assessing Documentation Maturity
152
Documentation
157
Locating Resources
163
Assigning a Training Maturity Score
176
Open Source Integration
183
New Standards in Integration
189
Locating Resources
195

The OSMM Template
82
The Open Source Product
89
Assessing the Functionality of the Product
99
Assessing the Product Team
114
Open Source Technical Support
123
Locating Resources
128
Paid Support
135
Assessing Source Integration Maturity
201
Open Source Professional Services
207
Assessing Professional Services Maturity
214
11
221
JBoss Integration with Other Products
227
Conclusion
231
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About the author (2005)

Bernard Golden is Chief Executive Officer of Navica, a consulting firm offering open source strategy, implementation, and training services. He has more than twenty years' IT experience, including high-level positions in software organizations, consulting companies, and venture-capital firms. Golden frequently speaks and writes on open source technology.



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