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Best Practices: Adopt Open Source Software To Improve Development Effectiveness

March 23, 2015

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Open source software (OSS) is increasingly ubiquitous as application development professionals look to trim enterprise software costs while simultaneously creating new, modern applications. OSS seeps into development shops through a variety of channels, whether managers know it or not. Unchecked tactical adoption of OSS creates unmanaged risk and unrealized returns, and application development professionals should not tolerate it when a proactive OSS adoption strategy can increase its benefits. The first step in moving from a tactical mess to a strategic plan is to specify the conditions under which OSS is permissible in your development shop. By creating concise OSS consumption and contribution policies, adopting tactics from open source communities, and adding control points to application life-cycle management (ALM) processes and tools, application development professionals can shift from tactical responses to conscious integration based on realistic expectations and articulated economic benefits. This is an update of a previously published report; Forrester reviews and updates it periodically for continued relevance and accuracy.

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Table of Contents

  • Adopting Open Source Software Isn't A Question Of If, But How
  • Best Practice No. 1: Create A Concise Open Source Software Policy
  • Best Practice No. 2: Re-Engineer The Software Acquisition Process
  • Best Practice No. 3: Make Adjustments To People, Processes, And Tools
  • Beyond The Basics: Next Practices For Open Source Adoption
  • Identifying Your Challenges
  • Supplemental Material
  • Related Research Documents

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