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How to Talk to Your CIO/CTO About Using Linux and Open Source Inside Your Company

May 18, 2009, 21:01 (4 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Todd R. Weiss)

"Actually, that's not a bad idea, according to several industry analysts and experts who talked with Linux.com to offer their hints and tips on how to broach the subject and make an effective business case for wider Linux use even as the economy remains difficult.

""I think it's definitely a good time to be talking these folks up even if they don't have an immediate budget," said Dana Gardner, principal analyst with Interarbor Solutions LLC in Gilford, NH. "What these organizations need to do is take a hard look at what they've got in legacy systems and where they want to be in the next three to four years. The nice thing about open source is that you can make changes without long commitments on licensing and support. The down economy opens it up even more for open source."

"One way to support such arguments, Gardner said, is to remember that the end goal is improving your company's IT systems--not just bringing in more Linux and open source for the fun of it. That's the message you can use to gain the interest of your IT executives."

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