- Paperback: 272 pages
- Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional; 1 edition (August 10, 2004)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0321268539
- ISBN-13: 978-0321268532
- Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 0.7 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 13 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,155,270 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Succeeding with Open Source is the first 'How-To' book for IT managers seeking guidance on selecting and implementing open source software.
Reader learns the ROI for Open Source, moving their open source selection efforts from guesswork to effective deployment
Author presents the Open Source Maturity (OSM) model -- an analytical framework that supports the selection and evaluation process
A clear, practical, methodical strategy with supporting examples for a thorough plan
IT organizations are turning to open source as a result of two hot buttons: cost efficiency and the need for innovative business solutions. IT organizations need to direct their investment toward business-specific innovation and away from pure infrastructure products. Open source is therefore an increasingly popular choice for infrastructure software. However, open source software differs significantly from its commercial counterpart. Because of that, a different evaluation and selection strategy is necessary -- but until now, there has been no guide to help organizations develop an open source strategy. 'Succeeding with Open Source' is that guide.
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“Open source requires a fundamentally different operating model in order for IT organizations to succeed. Succeeding with Open Source is the first how-to book about selecting open source software based on a product’s characteristics such as quality, support, and longevity. Open source software is here to stay. Golden provides an essential tool for evaluating its usefulness/readiness for the corporation.”
—Martin Fink, Vice-President—Linux, Hewlett-Packard, and author of The Business and Economics of Linux and Open Source
“Open source software is transforming the way companies acquire and manage software at every level, from operating systems to applications. Today, IT managers who don’t evaluate open source alternatives to proprietary software are doing their companies a profound disservice. If you are involved in any aspect of software acquisition and you aren’t intimately familiar with how open source systems are created, documented, and supported, you need this book. It provides you with a new framework for assessing the maturity of open source solutions, walks you through every step of the evaluation process, and provides vital insights into the risks and benefits of making the open source decision.”
—David A. Taylor, Ph.D., author of Object Technology: A Manager’s Guide and Supply Chains: A Manager’s Guide
“Novell, its customers, and its partners have been waiting for something like this: a quantitative and qualitative way to assess the strength of open source projects we hope to support or build into our products. Golden provides a clear, concise methodology for determining whether an open source project is enterprise-ready and what it would take to make it so.”
—Chris Stone, Vice Chairman, Novell
“Open source software addresses many of the needs of IT organizations. While more and more organizations are using open source software, few understand how to evaluate it in the absence of a parent organization. Golden provides an effective mechanism to quickly evaluate open source software based on standard software measures—such as quality, support, and documentation—and to share those evaluations with other organizations. Using Golden’s model, IT organizations can efficiently compare proprietary solutions to open source software solutions.”
—Stormy Peters, Open Source Program Office, Hewlett-Packard Company
“This book contains some of the most valuable, practical advice I have seen on how to transform the use of open source software from an accidental process into a powerful strategy for gaining an edge on the competition. By providing measurable engineering and process criteria for selecting open source products and processes, it brings open source software and methods squarely within the fold of traditional software engineering and business practices. I believe this book will be looked back on as an important transition point for recognizing how open source software can be used to promote business innovation and control costs.”
—Terry Bollinger, IT Analyst, The MITRE Corporation, author of “Use of Free and Open Source Software in the U.S. Department of Defense,” and former editor of IEEE Software magazine
“An outstanding look at how open source software can provide both a competitive edge and significant cost savings for any company. Required reading for any technical professional or manager.”
—Kevin Bedell, Editor in Chief, LinuxWorld Magazine
“This book describes a thorough and pragmatic process to determine if/when an organization should employ open source software in mission-critical systems. Golden’s Open Source Maturity Model is a vital tool for planning open source successes.”
—Craig Murphy, Chief Technology Officer, Sabre
Much like Odysseus—who had to negotiate perils between Scylla and Charybdis—IT managers face daunting challenges. On one side, there is relentless pressure to cut costs. On the other lies an unending demand for innovative solutions. However, unlike Odysseus, IT managers must not simply avoid either fate: Instead, they must fulfill both quests.
To meet these seemingly disparate goals, IT organizations are increasingly investigating the use of open source software for its cost-effectiveness and flexibility. However, myths about open source software persist—for example, that it runs only on Linux or that it is not stable enough for demanding production environments. Dispelling those myths, leading companies such as Amazon.com and Google rely on open source software, and many more companies will make the switch in the years ahead.
Succeeding with Open Source is the first book written specifically for IT managers who need to evaluate, select, and use open source software. The author begins with the fundamentals of open source solutions and how they differ greatly from commercial software. He then introduces the Open Source Maturity Model (OSMM), an invaluable resource for assessing open source products for their production readiness.
- Assessing open source business models
- Managing risk, including licensing issues
- Evaluating and selecting open source software
- Locating and assessing technical support, training, and documentation resources
With the book’s fast-track summary format, readers can quickly and easily navigate the text and its real-world examples. Open source OSMM evaluation templates, as well as additional case studies, are available at www.navicasoft.com.
Whether you are an IT manager or a consultant responsible for advising clients, this book will help you steer a clear course through the open source sea.
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Chapter list: The Source of Open Source; Open Source Business Models; Open Source Risks; The Open Source Maturity Model; The Open Source Product; Open Source Technical Support; Open Source Documentation; Open Source Training; Open Source Integration with Other Products; Open Source Professional Services; JBoss Open Source Maturity Model Assessment; Conclusion; Bibliography; Index
With the subject of open source software becoming more prevalent in corporations, it's often hard to separate logic from emotion. All the techies have strong religious beliefs on the subject. Executives are risk-adverse and want to have a "single neck to strangle" if something goes wrong. But yet, the ability to use free software that you can own and modify as needed can save huge amounts of money. How do you make a rational decision on an open source product? Bernard Golden offers a process called the Open Source Maturity Model that allows you to assess important key components of software (such as training, support, and integration) on a weighted scale based on what's important to your business. Based on how you see your company's relationship with technology (early adopter or pragmatic), you can then decide whether the software falls in a scoring range that is suitable for your needs.
In each of the chapters on the different assessment areas, the author does a good job in examining the different pros and cons of open source. For instance, documentation can be found in many different areas. There may be commercial books, forums, discussion groups, or official documentation from the vendor. These avenues can be examined to see how mature the product is in these areas, and then a score assigned. Taking this evaluation approach with all your software can eliminate much of the emotional debate and lead to well-reasoned decisions. The book uses the JBoss open source J2EE server software as an example throughout the book, so you get a feel for how this process really works. And best of all, all levels of staff will understand the material.
If you're having problems getting traction in your organization for open source usage, get a copy of this book and start a rational evaluation. It may be the missing piece you've been looking for.
What Golden tries to do is show how an IT project can harness the power of open source for a commercial project. He directs the book at a sceptical IT manager who has hitherto dealt only with traditional projects. Golden explains various distinguishing traits of open source - most notably that you can build a developer community of volunteers, that is not restricted to your employee base. He suggests that properly used, open source can lead to more robust code, with quicker bug fixing cycles and perhaps, eventually, to a competitive edge.
There is a nice case study of JBoss, which makes an eponymous web container for J2EE applications. If you are using or contemplating using it, check out the chapter on it. He gives you an independent assessment of that organisation and its software.
The author aims this book at the company or technical administrator who wants to be able to evaluate the Open Source software that's out there, and compare it to the commercial options. The first 60 pages or so pages go through the typical "who, what, when, where, why, how?" questions involving open source. It dispells many myths about open source software. Then it goes through implementing the OSMM on a real project (they used JBoss as their example), and through this evaluation the reader was shown steps taken in each segment of the evaluation process, a very good way of teaching to people like myself who learn by example!
There were two things about this book that made it especially appealing to me:
1. Real world examples of open source being used in successful companies. I believe the blurbs about real world successes are hugely important, and it was interesting for me to read, since I never really looked into companies who had made the leap to open source.
2. Notes. Beside many of the paragraphs there would be a short note about what the paragraph is about. So say you don't have time to read the whole chapter, but you want to get the jist of it, you can just quickly read down the page's notes, if something particularly interests you, you can read that whole paragraph. In a book such as this, I think this option for reading the book is a great asset.
The book is only a little over 200 pages, but it's quite thorough. I'd definately recommend it to people thinking of taking their company down the open source track.
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