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InfoWorld: Open Source or Outsource?

Oct 24, 2004, 01:00 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Chad Dickerson)

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"One of the proverbial back stories of IT operations has always been the battle between the "suits" and the 'techies.' From the techie point of view, the hapless but disturbingly powerful suits are the business guys who put more thought into picking out hundred-dollar silk ties at Nordstrom than they put into million-dollar IT decisions. Worse, the suits gravitate towards outsourcing and service firms that implement big-dollar solutions. Many techies start on the other end of the spectrum with free open source solutions that reflect a substantial DIY ethic. Will the twain ever meet?

"While they might seem like opposite ends of a continuum, I'm finding the 'open source or outsource' question at the center of my IT decision-making process these days. My team is still implementing scalable and flexible systems that I'm confident will serve the needs of our business for the foreseeable future, but I'm buying very little software these days..."

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