Open Source in the Enterprise

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  • Early open source use: Oriented toward organizations moving from skunkworks or small departmental open source use to broader mainstream use – what are the basics of methodical open source use?
  • Mainstream use: For organizations that are regularly using open source, this Action Plan provides guidance on how to improve the organization's skill base, incorporate open source into existing processes, and better evaluate the costs and benefits of using open source for individual situations – how can open source be wired into cultural assumptions and fundamental IT processes?
  • Advanced use: Organizations that intend to use open source as a basis for innovative business offerings will find this Action Plan helpful. Focusing on inventive industry collaborative efforts and harvesting end-user innovation, this section addresses the challenges of advanced open source use – how can open source characteristics be harnessed to drive innovation and improve business performance?
There's not really enough room in the blog to go into a full-bore discussion about the action plans (or indeed, about the previous sections of the Report, which runs 50 pages in total), but every organization needs to move beyond open source lethargy and create a formal use and strategy. It's no longer adequate to make a vague statement that open source really isn't that important to you or that it's so different you don't want to devote the time to coming up with something. Open source is already important to your organization, and passively avoiding confronting it is a shocking forfeiture of responsibility.

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