Collaborative Software Initiative Applies New Method to Same Old Tasks

Lora Bentley

When the Open Source Development Lab and the Free Standards Group combined to become the Linux Foundation, then-OSDL CEO Stuart Cohen bowed out to pursue other opportunities. Today, we learn that those opportunities have evolved into a new business -- the Collaborative Software Initiative.


According to company information, the idea is for businesses to form software development communities around common IT problems and work together to address those problems -- at half what it would cost to outsource the work. Collaborative Software Initiative will manage the development projects, either releasing the resulting software under an open source license or offering it as software-as-a-service, and then coordinate support efforts for the products.


In anticipation of today's launch, Cohen spoke to IT Business Edge about the new venture and why it's the natural next step in the evolution of software development. The success and maturity of Linux have helped sell managers on the value of collaboration, he says, and they want to leverage the model for development work that is essential but routine. Add to that the ever-increasing cost and risk of outsourcing, Cohen contends, and there's no time like the present for Collaborative Software Initiative.

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Apr 18, 2007 8:39 AM Andy Stein Andy Stein  says:
My organization recently implemented an eGovernment project ( that fits the vision of Mr. Cohen and CSI. We delivered phase 1 of what we envision to become a collaboratively evolving software ecosystem. It is a web Content Management System based on Plone. It is available in its entirety to any person or organization, public, private or non-profit as Open Source software with a GPL license. While the current version was developed by the City of Newport News, Virginia, we intend to evolve it into a collaborative effort that leverages the cost of future enhancements across multiple organizations. We encourage the private sector, organizations like CSI, Enfold Systems, SAIC and many others to provide value added services. Reply
Apr 18, 2007 12:50 PM Bipin C PAndey Bipin C PAndey  says:
An excellant initiative. Would like to discuss it with Cohen for collaboration on open source development. We have a large team of excellant working on open source (LAMP) development and support. Another team of 12 LAMP developers has been added and will be joing us on MAy 2nd. We are providing development support for Civi CRM and have many other open source development clients. Reply

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