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SearchDataCenter: Mainframe Programming and Open Source--Where's the Beef?

Sep 14, 2006, 21:45 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Wayne Kernochan)

"It is now 22 years since a fast-food concern showed a crusty old lady peering between a burger's buns and asking 'where's the beef?' And as new approaches such as open source continue to arrive, we continue to ask, where's the real-world value?

"Open-source advocates often cite lower software prices, 'power to the masses,' or avoidance of vendor lock-in. However, a key value of open source is the ability of IT shops to tap into open source development and its methodologies to enhance applications. Open source and collaborative programming not only leverage programming power outside the enterprise or overseas, but also improve the quality of in-house proprietary programming, making not only business-critical applications but entire platforms much more effective..."

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