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Developing Open-Source Business Policies That Work: Everyone Is Making It Up As They Go Along

Jul 10, 2008, 21:00 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols)

[ Thanks to Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols for this link. ]

"We know your company uses open-source applications. We also know many of you already have an open-source policy. Sort of. As CIO.com discovered when researching the adoption of open-source in enterprise IT, a quarter of respondents have a formal policy in place to control how such software is chosen, supported and deployed. Another 18 percent expected to adopt such a policy in the next 12 months. But those who have some kind of policy aren't necessarily thrilled with it; just 45 percent said their policies are very effective.

"'Somewhat effective' policies are like 'somewhat effective' security; clearly, there's more to be learned. CIO.com asked CIOs and other people in the trenches about what's working--and what's not working--with their open-source usage policies. We found that most people don't really have a formalized policy..."

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