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March/April 2009 (vol. 26 no. 2)
pp. 50-51
Christof Ebert, Vector Consulting Services
The software industry has evolved toward complex supplier-user networks that cooperate and collaborate in many ways. We rarely see the traditional way of software development in which one company handles design, production, sales, delivery, and service. Business models, engineering life cycles, distribution channels, and services have changed dramatically. A key driver in these new value networks is open source software (OSS). Worldwide companies in various industries have invested in open source. Market leaders such as Google, IBM, Microsoft, SAP, and Siemens as well as many small companies turn to OSS for multiple reasons. IEEE Software has assembled this minitheme to provide a glimpse of where OSS is heading.

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Index Terms:
open source, open source software, software forge, community source, OSS project management tools, CMMI, dotProject
Citation:
Christof Ebert, "Guest Editor's Introduction: How Open Source Tools Can Benefit Industry," IEEE Software, vol. 26, no. 2, pp. 50-51, March-April 2009, doi:10.1109/MS.2009.38
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