"One of the first things that is asked of any new project in a
modern IT department is that a cost benefit analysis be created to
determine if the investment of time and resources makes sense. This
takes many forms, but at many companies the idea of return on
investment, or ROI, is king.
"Management's goal in asking for an ROI analysis is simple:
explain why an open source project (or any other project) is going
to help the organization succeed by increasing revenue or saving