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Issue No.03 - May/June (2008 vol.25)
pp: 54-59
Kris Ven , University of Antwerp
Jan Verelst , University of Antwerp
Herwig Mannaert , University of Antwerp
ABSTRACT
Organizations have increasingly adopted open source software (OSS) as an essential part of their IT infrastructure. However, several reports and articles contain contradicting claims on the advantages and disadvantages of using OSS. This article describes how decision makers can interpret these reports. The authors performed a case study involving 10 Belgian organizations to support their conclusions from a review of the professional and academic literature. This article can provide decision makers with more insight into whether, when, and how to adopt OSS.
INDEX TERMS
management review and evaluation, management of computing and information systems, software management, software selection
CITATION
Kris Ven, Jan Verelst, Herwig Mannaert, "Should You Adopt Open Source Software?", IEEE Software, vol.25, no. 3, pp. 54-59, May/June 2008, doi:10.1109/MS.2008.73
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