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Getting into open source enterprise applications for the first time without sufficient planning and preparation is risky. IT Managers who have determined that open source is suitable for their environment and application needs must prepare their enterprise before starting an implementation. This research note outlines the key strategic issues in planning an OSS deployment. Specific topics include:

  • The changes that open source introduces to the traditional software lifecycle.
  • The key issues the enterprise needs to address to get ready for open source in terms of process, people, and technology.
  • Reference to a practical tool to check that everything is in place before initiating an evaluation/selection exercise.

IT Managers must prepare their enterprise properly before selecting and implementing an OSS application solution. Use Info-Tech's recommendations to get the enterprise ready for OSS.

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