[Ilugc] Need Help : Advocacy - Free / OSS as corporate policy
- From: prabhu@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx (Prabhu Ramachandran)
- Date: Mon, 5 Aug 2002 19:52:29 +0530
"BGa" == BGanesh <bga at vsnl.com> writes:
BGa> I find myself in the enviable position of being able
BGa> to influence corporate IT policy, after having spent long
BGa> hours battling management and finally getting them to see the
BGa> benefits of going with Open Source solutions over MS/Oracle
BGa> et al. (I use the term Open Source vaguely, I mean
BGa> non-proprietary, GPL/BSD/Moz/etc.), I have been asked to
BGa> draft a rough version of what the policy should be.
What is the purpose of the policy? Anyway, here are some thoughts.
1. If there is a task to be performed and there is a free software
equivalent to some commercial tool the management could keep the free
software in mind.
2. If there is a possibility of enhancing software will the
corporation offer support or offer to help?
I think plain awareness about OSS and knowledge of its usefulness and
quality is valuable.
BGa> The corporation I work for covers a whole lot of
BGa> areas, including broadcast, production, services industry
BGa> (hotels etc), and finance; so the policy can just be generic
BGa> in order to provide guidelines for future reference. Can
BGa> anyone offer advice / help, or point me to any advocacy sites
BGa> that would be useful.
It really depends on what you want to do. Are you going to be selling
the software or is the software going to be used in house? I.e. is
the software life and death for the corporation? For instance the
choices an academic institution makes can be very different from those
of a software company.
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