open source

Why an Open Source SOA stack makes sense

Dave Linthicum wrote a post today called Open Source SOA provides some major advantages. In his post Dave stated: When it comes to SOA, I think open source provides two major advantages: First, it’s typically much less expensive than the tools and the technology that are proprietary. Second, they are typically much more simplistic and easier to understand and use. To the second point, simplicity. The open source SOA vendors seem... Read More

Open Source SOA

Many companies are investing heavily in SOA these days. At the same time, IT is being challenged to reduce its costs. But to provide the technologies to reduce costs, we first must spend tons of money, right? Wrong! Read my post on CIO.com this week called Tight Budgets? Try Open Source... Read More

Microsoft Free – One year later

In May of 2007 I wrote a post called Open Source and Microsoft Free. Little did I know that this post would show up on Digg, Slashdot, Craigslist, and several other popular web sites and become a platform for both the Linux and Microsoft camps to wage yet another flame war. This whole “Microsoft free” experiment started when a colleague of mine challenged me to eat my own dog food after reading many of my posts about my dabbling... Read More

Open Source – Debunking Myths – Part 3

In part 1 I debunked the “OSS is bad for the economy myth”. In part2 I showed six different models for OSS support. In this third and final post on debunking OSS myths, I will address these two statements: OSS products are second rate (“created in the garage” mentality) OSS can’t be good because it is free There are many OSS products that are highly reliable and run the systems of very successful companies and... Read More

Open Source – Debunking Myths – Part 2

In part 1, I highlighted four myths (FUD) that I felt needed to be addressed: OSS is bad for the economy and defies the values of capitalism OSS support is bad, slow, and/or non-existent OSS products are second rate (“created in the garage” mentality) OSS can’t be good because it is free In this post I will discuss the myths about open source support. I have heard every quote from “You can’t get support for open... Read More

Open Source – Debunking Myths – Part 1

On the ITToolbox community, we have some very passionate bloggers both for and against open source software (OSS). I am a proponent of both OSS and proprietary software. As an architect, I view both of these as tools in my toolbox. The trick is to know when to use the right tool for the right job. It is unfortunate that some people think there is no place for OSS. Here are a few of the myths (FUD) that I continue to hear from people who... Read More

Is IT its own worse enemy?

I read this post from Stewart Mader’s blog on wiki patterns today and it talks about a challenge to the adoption of wiki is the fact that the new tools are too inexpensive or even free (open source). Here is a key quote: Sandy Kemsley’s fourth challenge to social media/enterprise 2.0 in organizations: The fact that these technologies are inexpensive (or even free) and quick to implement causes them to be discounted by executives who... Read More