1. Open Source
it360, May 2007
Anyone interested in learning more
about Open Source applications
Those looking for strategies for
encouraging the use of Open Source
within their organization
What this talk is not
Open Source demythified
Finding Quality Software
Surviving the Transition
Long term planning
5. A Quick Note on Format...
The slides are guidelines only
Let me know if it is time to pass out these:
6. A Quick Note on Format...
Share your experience: successes and
Don't be afraid to:
7. If your experience was a...
Explain why. Was it:
Lack of features?
Lack of support?
8. If your experience was...
What made it so
The ease of use?
9. A Quick Note on Format...
Please keep in
mind that we only
have three hours
10. A Quick Note on Format....
And to respect
After all, it is only
11. What this talk is not
Since I'm not a business analyst...
...there won't be much on ROI or TCO
If you need to bring some back to your
employer, show him these:
12. What this talk is not
Since I'm not a fanatic...
...there won't be (too) much of a sales pitch
for Open Source applications.
13. What this talk is not
Since I'm not anti-commercial software...
...there won't be any commercial bashing:
14. After all, it's only software
And you should always choose the best tool
for the job at hand
15. Open Source demythified
What exactly is Open Source????
16. Open Source demythified
17. Open Source demythified
18. Open Source demythified
19. Open Source demythified
Open Source fictions include...
20. Open Source demythified
Only suited for protocols and programming
Geeks only need apply
Developers only need apply
Makes for a great server but a lousy
21. Open Source demythified
Everything is command line
GUI applications are ugly
Applications lack features
There is no such thing as application
22. Okay if those are all myths, that doesn't
sound too bad...
23. Why bother?
24. Why bother?
What are the benefits if I do?
25. Why bother?
What are the drawbacks if I don't?
26. Application Equivalents
Do they exist?
Is foo equal to bar or to FUBAR?
27. Finding Quality Software
There is no lack of choice....
...if anything, there is too much to choose
Finding software can feel like sorting
through the good, the bad, and the ugly...
28. Finding Quality Software
There is hope...
Repositories of the highest quality
equivalents do exist:
29. Finding Quality Software
There is hope...
...there are guideposts to assist you:
30. Information Week: Feb. 5, 2007
How to Tell the Open Source Winners from the Losers
31. Surviving the Transition
How painful is
32. Surviving the Transition
How much are you changing at once?
What is your timeline?
Have you done your homework?
Do you have realistic expectations?
33. Surviving the Transition
But my users (and/or
allergic to change!
34. Surviving the Transition
Start with baby steps
Know what you are achieving and why
There are software options for bridging the
35. Surviving the Transition
and checklists are
available to gauge
36. Long term Planning
Community is double-edged sword,
especially for business needs
Many Open Source projects have a
commercial support arm
Non-project specific commercial support
options also exist:
37. Long term Planning
Courseware and trainers are available for
most of the better known software
Many certification programs also exist
38. Long term Planning
Even if you don't plan on modifying
software, understand licensing issues
before you migrate