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How to Bring Open-Source Software into the Enterprise

Jul 17, 2009, 14:02 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Carol Rizzo)

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"However, there is a long-established, risk-averse mindset within many large companies. Companies have established software procurement practices which depend upon an interaction and relationship with a vendor. This has slowed the adoption of open-source software which, similar to commercial software, still has to be adopted under certain guidelines.

"A few short years ago, I worked with a company that had a "no open source" usage policy. Fast forward to today, where average Fortune 500 companies are using more than 100 open-source projects each. Some companies are more conservative than others, but I still see four basic phases of open source adoption in corporate America:"

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