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Programmers naturally gravitate toward the best software packages and components for development. They are increasingly choosing a broad range of enterprise-grade open source packages from Apache and Tomcat to Axis and Eclipse. But imagine for a moment this all-too-common scenario: a p...
Chicago Public Radio (WBEZ 91.5 FM Chicago, WBEQ 90.7 FM Morris, and WBEW 89.5 FM Chesterton) is a community-supported, non-commercial public service broadcasting institution for 7.7 million people throughout Chicago and surrounding regions. Chicago Public Radio produces, acquires, and...
The stakes are high. As an Open Solutions Association (OSA) board member and executive VP of Centric CRM, my number-one fear is that the creativity and dynamism of the past decade could come to nothing if open source application vendors don't stand together and take a collective positi...
You may have heard statements such as Linux is inexpensive, reduces TCO and dependency on vendors, and is easy to maintain, from promoters of Linux in the enterprise. But, for those who still haven't made the jump - this article discusses implementation hurdles, cost of implementation,...
Open source software is shifting the software industry into a new paradigm, moving from developing proprietary code behind closed doors to developing code that can be shared, modified and redistributed openly. Key benefits associated with this shift is reducing development cost and sof...
The Eclipse Data Tools Platform (DTP) is a new top-level project at eclipse.org. Originally proposed by Sybase in February 2005, DTP has attracted strong community support and is currently managed by a committee comprised of Sybase, IBM and Actuate. It is an open source initiative desi...
This is the second part of my two-part series on open source market strategies and implementations. I previously outlined the 10 strategy rules for open source marketing and emphasized building new markets, differentiating, contributing, pricing and innovating, and the customer relatio...
Data is the fundamental building block of every business, data in the form of client information, sales information, employee information, and financial information fuels the operation of every business. In today's business environment, which enables data entry from multiple points and...
It is with some sadness that I am writing my last editorial for Enterprise Open Source Magazine. As the founding editor-in-chief of this magazine and a past contributor to its predecessor, I am going to miss it. However, all things must end and this chapter of my writing career, I am h...
Earlier this year, the 451 Group reported that the Big Four systems management vendors (BMC, CA, HP, and IBM) were ripe for a shakeup, and had been for some time. Poised at the top of a healthy, lucrative market, it hardly seems likely that these market leaders could be threatened by n...