Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Open Source: Making Money on Technology in a Recession.

In today's incredibly tough economy and with the likelihood that 2009 will be much worse, there has never been a better time to look at Sun software. There is a well written article in eWeek titled Making Money on Technology in a Recession.

The article states: "More optimistically, CompTIA recently released a study of 772 small to medium -size businesses that found that 51 percent said they expect to increase IT spending while 49 percent said they plan to decrease IT spending.

The long and the short of this is that nobody knows for sure what exactly is going on with IT budgets in 2009, other than some companies are trying to cut back some spending across the board, while others are trying to cut back IT spending in some areas so they can spend more money in other areas."

Open source is listed in the number one slot as the main item to consider in IT's recession planning. I would argue that open source should always be #1 on the IT list and not because of cost, because it's smart. Most CxO's that I meet with have dual stack approach for both a legacy/proprietary strategy and an open source strategy.

The open source strategy is something that most CxOs are evolving over time with the Sun's open source software being a significant part of that strategy. Sun has donated more source code than the next five contributors combined.

Below is a link to Sun's Free and Open Source Licensing White Paper

Licensing plays an important role in shaping an open source community. Read about Sun's view on Free and Open Source licensing.

Creative Commons license This whitepaper is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.5 License.

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