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IT Manager's Journal: How Do You Budget for FOSS?

May 09, 2006, 19:45 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jay Lyman)

"Businesses seem to be champing at the bit to cut costs by using free and open source software, but many fail to budget for the necessary integration and support costs that go along with any software. Sand Hill Group co-founder M.R. Rangaswami says most companies turn to FOSS when they're in a fix, and do not plan out the other costs that may go along with software that was free to acquire.

"'It's done tactically, it's done in crisis, or typically, it's not a planned action,' Rangaswami says of corporate open source use. 'It's more reactive...'"

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