Succeeding with Open Source
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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Who Creates Open Source?
Where Do I Get Open Source Software?
Open Source Business Models
The Bottom Line
Security and Quality Risk
What Is Product Maturity?
Assigning a Technical Support Maturity Score
Assessing Documentation Maturity
Assigning a Training Maturity Score
Open Source Integration
New Standards in Integration
The OSMM Template
The Open Source Product
Assessing the Functionality of the Product
Assessing the Product Team
Open Source Technical Support
Assessing Source Integration Maturity
Open Source Professional Services
Assessing Professional Services Maturity
JBoss Integration with Other Products
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