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Proprietary and open source software in mixed environments

Stacy Baird | Aug. 6, 2010
Although popular debate may have you believe otherwise, modern IT architecture today often incorporates both proprietary and open-source solutions.

Over the past 20 years, those working in each, proprietary and open source software have learnt from each other, resulting in greater interoperability and more stable products.

For the CIO, this means more software options. For the procurement person or policy maker, it means it is more important than ever to avoid bright-line tests based on open-source or proprietary characteristics because preferences could preclude the solutions that best meet the enterprises needs.

In my next commentary, I will elaborate on how this scenario is being played out by todays software vendors.

Stacy Baird is a former advisor to members of the US Senate on technology and intellectual property issues and believes that, with the coexistence of commercial and open-source software, the global IT industry has continued to improve life for people around the world. This is the first of a four-part series and opinions expressed are his own.


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