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IT Manager's Journal: Open Source for the Enterprise, Part 2

Oct 14, 2005, 13:00 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Dan Woods, Gautam Guliani)

"Continuing where we left off yesterday--careful assessment of integration and customization costs in many ways is the key to avoiding an open source nightmare. Unlike commercial products, open source projects are not usually created with the modern IT infrastructure environment in mind. Integration with single sign-on or support for monitoring protocols such as SNMP might not exist. Support for databases might be narrow and limited to a few choices or to one database. Support for standards might be lacking.

"Most of the time, the same problems exist in emerging commercial software that is early in its life cycle. But as the commercial program is installed in more and more IT environments, smart vendors seek to productize the most common integrations so that the same work is not required again with each new client..."

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