Developing Open-Source Business Policies That Work: Everyone Is Making It Up As They Go Along
Jul 10, 2008, 21:00 (0 Talkback[s])
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"We know your company uses open-source applications. We also
know many of you already have an open-source policy. Sort of. As
CIO.com discovered when researching the adoption of open-source in
enterprise IT, a quarter of respondents have a formal policy in
place to control how such software is chosen, supported and
deployed. Another 18 percent expected to adopt such a policy in the
next 12 months. But those who have some kind of policy aren't
necessarily thrilled with it; just 45 percent said their policies
are very effective.
"'Somewhat effective' policies are like 'somewhat effective'
security; clearly, there's more to be learned. CIO.com asked CIOs
and other people in the trenches about what's working--and what's
not working--with their open-source usage policies. We found that
most people don't really have a formalized policy..."