New Alliance Aims to Further Open Source Interoperability

Lora Bentley

Several vendors are expected to launch the Open Solutions Alliance today at the Open Solutions Summit in New York, according to a news release. Coming on the heels of the Linux Foundation's formation, the new organization will focus not on standards but on building frameworks and tools and defining best practices that will facilitate easy deployment and interoperability between open source software for the business.

Barry Klawans, CTO of JasperSoft and a spokesperson for the OSA, says the organization hopes to bring as many open source providers and developers together as possible to work toward providing businesses with "turnkey" open source software suites. Companies are increasingly choosing open source for mission-critical processes, so now is the ideal time for vendors to work together to give customers what they need -- "at a fraction of the cost of proprietary alternatives."

Founding members include CollabNet, EnterpriseDB, JasperSoft, and SpikeSource, among others. As Optaros' Dave Gynn puts it, the OSA will "champion" interoperability and work on resolving other obstacles to open source adoption, which will leave businesses to what they do best: business.

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