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Friday, June 02, 2006
While open-source software can deliver a low-cost business solution quickly, it was labeled too risky for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation’s new content management system. The article notes that in the case of ABC, Open source was considered for a CMS solution, but would have been a "high-risk strategy" because of the amount of development work required. Colin Knowles, the CIO says,"Our general view is we will acquire when we can, and we are quite happy to shift the work practices to fit the last 20 percent rather than build 80 or 100 percent with all the risks of that." Knowles said there are plenty of examples of organizations that started building their own applications and five years later "are still building." While conceding that the concepts of source code access and not being reliant on one vendor for support are valid, he adds, but a decision to deploy open source comes back to risk management. Is that all to assess for enbracing opensource -clearly lot more - he cautions that in addition to risk evaluation, IT managers should also consider whether they will be "any better off at the end of the day" and also from a maintenance standpoint examine answering the question -"Do I need to employ plumbers and the plumber unblocks four drains a month, or when I have a major plumbing job I call in a contractor?" He sees that its taking longtime for opensource to be disruptive and he is spot on when he says that the publicity around opensource is "an advocacy of those who wish to [push] open source."
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