TCO and risks associated with Open Source
Mark Murphy has a great response to James DeLong's opinion piece on Open Source software and some government agencies around the world making it mandatory to at least consider Open Source solutions along with their commercial counterparts.  Mark is exactly right about the risks associated with both Open Source and commercial software.  Both are risky and both have costs associated with the risk, sometimes much higher than you would every guess.  His example of Oracle taking over PeopleSoft is a great example of why commerical software can be even more risky than Open Source.  You invest millions on a software package to run your business on only to find out that your investment in that software can go right down the drain as its on-going development and support is suddenly ripped away.
Posted on 07/22/03 - Category: Technology

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