Open Source Still Earning Trust as CIOs Consider Enterprise Software Solutions

Michael Lindenberger

Turns out, that the idea that you get what you pay for is more than just something your local Mercedes dealer tries to sell you on.

 

CIOs and other brass aren't quite sold on open-source solutions for the enterprise, either.

 

That's the conclusion reached by a panel of IT execs profiled over at CIOinsight.com. They were asked plainly whether CIOs were sufficiently comfortable with open-source solutions to deploy them as part of their enterprise applications.

 

Their answers, for the most part, were variations of "no." When it comes to enterprise applications, the open-source industry remains "embryonic," said Monica Kumar, the senior director of product marketing for Linux and open source at Oracle. Kumar is quoted as saying:

"Wall Street and other large companies want to make sure that their applications work perfectly, even better than before, and open-source applications are just not there yet."

Selling IT decision-makers on the reliability of open-source products has been one of the key challenges for years, of course. The tech press is full of warnings about the need to look at the value of open-source solutions, a concept that takes in more than just the "free" price tag.

 


Still, the panel discussion included plenty of support for Linux and other open-source software.

 

Omer Soykan of Jefferies & Company said while confidence in Linux and open source is not yet as high as for more mature technologies, it is increasing, according to the report on cioinsight.com.

 

Soykan recently led an effort at his company's banking division to determine whether any open source solutions could meet its needs for a customer relationship management application for its banking division. There were not.

"Even if there were, one of the big questions we ask is, What happens if the application doesn't work? Who are you going to go after? If we know that issue is taken care of, the company and application will probably succeed."


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