10 Tips to Gain Control, Drive Innovation, and Lower Costs with Free and Open Source Software

Based on the experience of hundreds of companies using FOSS as part of a multisource development process, the following are 10 proven tips to gain control, drive innovation, and lower costs with the use of FOSS in your IT development organization. The use of free and open source software has gone mainstream in enterprise IT development organizations. Ever-growing numbers of application developers are regularly leveraging open source and other external code rather than writing applications completely from scratch. The economics of FOSS are undeniable, especially now that IT development groups are trying to do more with less. However, FOSS can expose organizations to serious business and operational risks, compelling enterprise IT executives to gain control of its use.

This paper is designed help you do just that. Please read on for a detailed explanation of each tip.