Just a few days over a year ago, we wrote two papers at the request of one of our clients that was thinking through open sourcing part of their portfolio. The two papers in the Going Open Source series are intended to help out companies thinking of getting more involved in open source, indeed, going open source.
We’ve kept those papers on our hard-drives primarily because, well, we just haven’t had the time to clean them up and publish them. We’ve finally found the time to put them together, so no they’re available:
- Exploring Going Open Source – which walks closed source companies through the question “what, if anything, should we open source, how, and why?”
- Open Source Strategies – assuming you’ve already decided you’d like to open source something, what are different strategies others have used? How can you map those to your goals?
Additionally, not too long ago Stephen and I wrote a paper intended for the “buy-side” of the open source equation:
- Working with Open Source Companies – as the introduction says: “While “vendor relationship management” models for traditional, non-open source software providers are well understood and tested, far less so are the techniques for successfully managing relationships with open source communities and vendors. This paper discusses several key differences between closed and open source software vendor management, providing advice for managing your deployments and investments in open source technologies.”
Disclaimer: as mentioned, one of our clients commissioned the first two papers as part of a larger consulting project. Also, Iona purchased republishing rights for the third paper.