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theOpenEnterprise: Open Source: Enterprise Ready -- With Qualifiers

Oct 01, 2002, 16:00 (4 Talkback[s])
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"This much we can say for sure: The Open Enterprise--the corporate IT organization using open-source and standards-based software to meet today's business requirements--is alive, it's well and it's plotting ways to further leverage open software.

"But the reality of the much-hyped open source movement comes up a bit short of an unqualified endorsement from IT executives in big companies. Many aren't throwing open the floodgates to open source and standards--at least not yet--due to lingering fears about issues including support, security, and the plain-old need to hold someone responsible if software breaks down. Still, they are extremely upbeat about the cost benefits of open source. So much so that about two-thirds are using open source operating systems today, while nearly 60 percent are using open source Web servers, according to an exclusive survey of 260 IT and corporate execs who have IT department oversight..."

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