Linux and Open Source: Six Open-Source Recommendations Every Enterprise Should Know in 2012

By Darryl K. Taft  |  Posted 2012-03-19 Print this article Print
Create an Open-Source Software (OSS) Policy

Create an Open-Source Software (OSS) Policy

Each enterprise should have an open-source policy written out for its users to follow. If your business and IT department already have one, it's time to review and revise to take advantage of the latest developments in open-source technology.
Enterprises continue to adopt open source at an accelerating pace in order to take advantage of the significant benefits it can deliver. How enterprises adopt, use and support open-source software in their organizations can impact budgets, as well as mission-critical goals and initiatives. eWEEK, with help from OpenLogic, distills an immense data set compiled over the past year into six key recommendations about open-source technology that every enterprise needs to know about this year. From trends on open-source adoption and use, to popular open-source software and licenses, to open source in the cloud, this presentation is designed to help enterprises understand how best-in-class companies are using open-source software today. Most enterprises today use open-source software for everything from desktop applications to mission-critical infrastructure, but many organizations have inconsistent support coverage for the open source they use, or IT departments lack technical support coverage altogether. Just as companies want technical support for commercial software, they need to evaluate their needs and options for technical support on open-source packages. For some enterprises, it makes sense to rely on internal expertise for support, while others require commercial support coverage for some or all of the open-source software they use.
Darryl K. Taft covers the development tools and developer-related issues beat from his office in Baltimore. He has more than 10 years of experience in the business and is always looking for the next scoop. Taft is a member of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) and was named 'one of the most active middleware reporters in the world' by The Middleware Co. He also has his own card in the 'Who's Who in Enterprise Java' deck.

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