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5 Ways to Solve the Open Source Industry's Biggest Problems

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    Continuous Integration and Dev

    Manage the move to continuous integration and development.

    When working with open source software, continuous integration is a commonly advocated strategy to prevent the problem that coders often refer to as "integration hell"(errors that arise due to changes made to the source code repository after developers have already gotten the baseline code to develop). Not all enterprise IT firms have the strong continuous integration tools necessary to successfully interface with open source code. By prioritizing these tools in the enterprise, the shift to open source would be much more palatable.

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5 Ways to Solve the Open Source Industry's Biggest Problems

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    Continuous Integration and Dev

    Manage the move to continuous integration and development.

    When working with open source software, continuous integration is a commonly advocated strategy to prevent the problem that coders often refer to as "integration hell"(errors that arise due to changes made to the source code repository after developers have already gotten the baseline code to develop). Not all enterprise IT firms have the strong continuous integration tools necessary to successfully interface with open source code. By prioritizing these tools in the enterprise, the shift to open source would be much more palatable.

Over the last decade, open source software and its audience of end users have greatly matured. Once only used by a small subset of tech-savvy early adopters, the convenience, effectiveness and cost savings of open source solutions are now driving enterprise IT to explore more ways to take advantage of the power of open source in their daily business operations.

In today's economy, enterprise IT has less to gain from developing and licensing software and more to gain from actively working with existing open source technology. However, the march toward open source still faces major obstacles before it becomes mainstream. In this slideshow, Travis Oliphant, CEO and founder of Continuum Analytics, outlines five challenges preventing enterprise IT from shifting to open source and tips for tackling them to keep the future of open source heading in the right direction. The road may be winding, but it will eventually lead companies to open source to help them innovate and as the way of the future.