×
  • Share
  • Email
  • Embed
  • Like
  • Save
  • Private Content
 

The True Cost of Open Source Software: Uncovering Hidden Costs and Maximizing ROI

by on Mar 02, 2010

  • 13,681 views

If you have researched open source software, even just a little, you’ve likely...

If you have researched open source software, even just a little, you’ve likely
encountered two distinct worldviews: believers and skeptics. Believers celebrate open source as free, collaborative code. In this paradigm, open source software isn’t just a free licensing model; it is a movement for building better, more flexible software.
But, that’s just one side of the story. Open source skeptics raise compelling counterarguments for why open source software and the enterprise don’t mix.

So, where does this leave you, especially if you are tasked with deciding whether or
not to implement open source software in your organization? In this paper we’ll delve
deep into both arguments and provide practical tools to help you decide whether or
not open source software will be a good return on your company’s investment. We’ll
also present solutions for bridging the gap between “believers” and “skeptics” in your
organization, and for reducing risks that go hand-in-hand with running open source
software in the enterprise.

Statistics

Views

Total Views
13,681
Views on SlideShare
13,677
Embed Views
4

Actions

Likes
8
Downloads
418
Comments
1

2 Embeds 4

http://www.lmodules.com 3
http://www.slashdocs.com 1

Accessibility

Upload Details

Uploaded via SlideShare as Adobe PDF

Usage Rights

© All Rights Reserved

Report content

Flagged as inappropriate Flag as inappropriate
Flag as inappropriate

Select your reason for flagging this presentation as inappropriate.

Cancel

11 of 1 previous next

  • curtisr curtisr Me thinks that you doth protest too much. In fact, after careful consideration of your presentation I am quick to suggest to the caretakers of this website that they remove your post/paper/slideshow as it, in my opinion, constitutes not much more than propaganda.

    If the costs are as you put it, are so much higher then tell me why so many industrialized nations use Opensource software? (http://news.cnet.com/2100-1001-272299.html) And it's not just governments: consider the needs of schools all over the world.

    Why do you advocate for support of firmware that, in most cases, requires the use of the most user-unfriendly and costly of companies, that is, Microsoft? Have you read their any of their many EULAs lately? As for backward compatibility, best of luck. Have you compared their licensing costs? But don't take my word for it; consider this: most servers ship LINUX and Apache. (No source required--just call IBM among others. And while you're at it, why not ask Google and Cisco what they use.

    Support you say? Support for opensource software will cost you only what level you wish to subscribe to. Got Linux? Hire, for example, Redhat. Otherwise watch the world come to your aid in an ongoing, timely and unshackled method that would put the for-profit efforts to shame.

    Anyways, best of luck. You are a company looking for business. Shame that you had to do this by slamming the competition. Doesn't seem very Canadian to me.

    Sincerely,

    R. Curtis

    Why do
    4 years ago
    Are you sure you want to
    Your message goes here
    Processing…
Post Comment
Edit your comment

The True Cost of Open Source Software: Uncovering Hidden Costs and Maximizing ROI The True Cost of Open Source Software: Uncovering Hidden Costs and Maximizing ROI Document Transcript