It's not often that I run across articles discussing Linux and integration. Maybe that's because I look in the wrong places. But if this Redmond Magazine article is correct, the problem is Linux and the open source community are still struggling with enterprise integration.
It's now obvious that what's great about developing solutions with GNU/Linux -- the unfettered freedom to develop your own solution to your own problems in your own way -- leads to incompatibility between solutions. But Red Hat and others in the open source community have taken many, many steps to revolve this problem and create solutions that will play nice in the enterprise IT systems sandbox.
This is a really good piece for upper-level IT managers, because it outlines all the different paths the open source community is taking to create integration: With each other, with developers, with Windows and with other enterprise-class software vendors by creating an open source ecosystem -- think LAMP stack. And by doing so, it gives you a clear picture of how far the community's come.
Two telling stats:
After you've read the Redmond piece, jump over and peruse CNET blogger Matt Asay's take on the topic. According to his bio, Asay works with commercial open source and regularly writes and speaks about open source business strategies. Asay points out that right now and for the immediate future -- say five years -- the pressure is to integrate open source solutions into the existing IT infrastructure. But as open source takes hold in the enterprise, he predicts you'll start to hear more about integrating open-source applications with other open-source solutions.