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IT Manager's Journal: Outsourcer Sees FOSS as Unlikely Ally

Mar 31, 2006, 12:15 (0 Talkback[s])
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"At first, outsourcing and free and open source software (FOSS) seem opposing trends. While many of its proponents see FOSS as humanizing the way that business is done by encouraging collaborative efforts, they often see outsourcing as the epitome of traditional business methods, destroying local jobs and exploiting developing areas of the world. However, Balazs Fejes, CTO of EPAM, a rapidly growing outsourcing agency in central and eastern Europe, has a different view. While Fejes acknowledges that the FOSS communities may sometimes provide an alternative to companies like EPAM, he also suggests that the growing popularity of FOSS provides a new opportunity for outsourcers, and helps to make their business more acceptable..."

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