With the announcement of $1.3B in damages awarded to Oracle in the lawsuit against SAP , Oracle has made abundantly clear that they intend to do everything they can to lock customers in to their expensive and highly profitable maintenance and support fees. Of course TomorrowNow made it ridiculously easy for Oracle by stealing Oracle's Read more
The 2nd annual Hadoop World conference is taking place in New York on October 12, 2010. To date, more than 28 presentations are planned (see agenda) including talks from eBay, Twitter, GE, Bank of America, Yahoo!, Facebook, Digg, HP and more. Tim O'Reilly, Founder and CEO of O'Reilly Media will be providing the keynote. Read more
There has been a lot of debate about the role open source will play in the cloud. Many of the debates are focused on open standards.
Another big issue is licensing and pricing of open source in the cloud. Read more
OpenLogic recently conducted a survey to determine whether companies have a full understanding of the activities that constitute distribution per the terms of common open source licenses. Highlights of the survey include: Read more
There is a lot of discussion this week after the US Supreme Court issued a ruling on the Bilksi lawsuit. As VentureBeat reports, the ruling will have very little impact on the way people do business around patents. Read more
As I talk to enterprises that are using open source software, inevitably the question of distributing open source software comes up. The recent lawsuits around GPL violations have definitely raised the awareness of many users of open source software. Read more
In my job at OpenLogic, I've worked with hundreds of organizations (most of them in the Fortune 500) on developing open source policies and implementing open source governance programs.
As I talk with these large enterprises, almost all of them want indemnification around open source software to provide financial protection in the case of IP lawsuits. Read more
As companies become more comfortable with open source software, they naturally mature through four stages in open source adoption: Prevent, Manage, Embrace, Transform. Take this simple quiz to find out what stage your company is in and what open source issues you need to address.
To take the quiz, put a checkmark next to each statement that is True.
The "Prevent" Stage
This phase is characterized by denial that open source is used and futile attempts to limit its adoption. Read more
Most IT staff and developers have no problem technically evaluating open source software. However, they often overlook other considerations that could mean success or failure of a production system.
Here are some of the top non-technical issues you should consider for any open source that will be running in your production environment.
1. Understand ALL the licenses Read more
Kim Weins is the Senior Vice President of Marketing and Products at OpenLogic, an open source provider focused on helping enterprises successfully and safely use open source software. Kim works with large enterprises to share open source governance and compliance best practices and to evangelize the benefits of using open source software.
Kim helps to shape OpenLogic’s pioneering open source offerings, including an aggregated support model backed by open source developers, open source scanning and governance tools and services that guide companies through compliance with GPL and other open source licenses.