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The Business Case for Open Source Software

This non-technical presentation showcases numerous examples of the successful use of Open Source software in large international commercial and government organizations. It explores some of the reasons why those organizations chose Open Source over proprietary solutions and rebuts many of the prevalent myths and misrepresentations about Open Source. It examines the psychology and culture of the Open Source movement and outlines the adaptations the commercial organizations need to consider when engaging with that community, so as to most effectively leverage its resources. Finally, it provides a framework within which decision makers can structure and evaluate their own arguments for (and against) adopting Open Source technologies.

Course format

Half-day presentation

Who should attend

Managers, senior technical staff, and other strategic decision makers who are contemplating policy shifts favouring the greater use of Open Source software, or who are seeking to develop a sound business case for advocating such policy shifts.