Open Source OPEN SOURCE IS DEAD, LONG LIVE OPEN SOURCE!

When we started in 2001, our payoff was "Making sense of Open Source" because, even if the Open Source was endorsed by tech-savvy individuals, the acceptance of the Open Source in the enterprise market was largely unproven. In the last 15 years the concept has been accepted and, thanks to the rise of many Open Source vendors, the Open Source software has been largely adopted and comoditised.

So Open Source software is not cool anymore, it's has reshaped the IT market in many different ways and it's now main stream. Luckily this is not the end of the story.

Open Source software is the force behind some of the trendiest technologies in the enterprise segment today, among them analytics, Cloud and the Internet of Things (IoT).

It's importance is not limited to the fact that most of the new platforms are built upon it but what is even more important, it puts virtually anyone in the position of creating new products and services in weeks/months, globally available, always up and succeed against well-know enterprise.

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The Big Bang market adoption focus on a radically different time frame for wide users adoption of new services. Thanks to the Open Source, the availability of reliable software and infrastructure makes possible emerging new business model disrupting entire sectors.

It used to take years or even decades for disruptive innovations to displace dominant products and services and destabilize incumbent industries. Now, thanks to the availability of reliable software and ubiquitous infrastructures too, any business can be devastated virtually overnight by something better and cheaper.

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There are no recipes that any enterprise can adopt to be on the safe side. Gartner suggests to move to BiModal IT.

HOW CAN WE HELP?

We believe in open standards, best practice solutions and Open Source. We constantly investment in the monitoring the technological evolution, to anticipates market trends, acquires knowledge on new enterprise-ready products and solutions, and supports customers in adopting them.

The focus on Open Source technology, our Open Source experts, our skills and integration expertise as an Open Source System Integrator (with Open Source and proprietary technologies) have led to highly successful implementations for large corporations across the Europe.

With a solid ecosystem of commercial Open Source technology partners, we provide our clients integrated Open Source enterprise solutions, platforms, products and services to achieve their business goals, create business velocity, reduce IT spend, lower the cost of doing business, and gain competitive advantage.

We increasingly support clients in the development of their customer-driven services using Open Source building blocks on Cloud infrastructures with a DevOps approach to achieve business agility from service creation to service operation in a SaaS fashion.

OUR OPEN SOURCE CONTRIBUTIONS

Apache ManifoldCF
An open source framework for connecting source content repositories like Microsoft Sharepoint and EMC Documentum, to target repositories or indexes, such as Apache Solr, OpenSearchServer or ElasticSearch. Learn more

CMIS Server Archetype
Apache Maven Archetype to kickstart a CMIS server project. Learn more

JBoss GateIn
The Opensource Website Framework. Learn more

Hippo CMIS Plugin
Access the Hippo repository via a CMIS interface. Learn more

FISE-Atlassian Confluence Integration
Integration of Atlassian Confluence with IKS FISE Enrichment engine. Learn more

Cruise Monitor
Ruby script that monitors CruiseControl.rb build status, via RSS/Atom feed. Learn more

Apache Solr Packager
Collection of Apache Maven archetypes to simplify the creation of Apache Solr standalone applications based on Apache Tomcat. Learn more

Hippo Media plugin
Embed media assets within Hippo CMS rich text editor. Learn more

DbDep for Apache Ivy
A custom Apache Ivy Ant Task to store dependencies on a database. Learn more

DbDep for Maven
A custom Apache Maven Plugin to store dependencies on a database. Learn more

Alfresco Mail Attach
Custom Alfresco Action that allows sending the current document as an attachment to an email message. Learn more

Apache Chemistry
Apache Chemistry provides open source implementations of the Content Management Interoperability Services (CMIS) specification. Learn more

Atlassian Crowd Apache Connector
Customized version of the Atlassian Crowd Apache Connector. Learn more

Atlassian Jira Project Template
Define project templates and create new projects in Atlassian Jira. Learn more

JBoss Portal
The open source and open standards Java Portal. Learn more

Alfresco-OpenSSO
Integration of Alfresco with OpenSSO. Learn more

Maven-Alfresco Lifecycle
Maven-Alfresco archetypes, plugins and guidelines. Learn more

Apache POI
The Open Source Java API for Microsoft Documents. Learn more
  WHAT IT IS AND WHY IT MATTERS

The term "Open Source" refers to something that can be modified and shared because its design is publicly accessible. Open Source projects, products, or initiatives are those that embrace and celebrate open exchange, collaborative participation, rapid prototyping, transparency, meritocracy, and community development.

What is Open Source software?

Open Source software is software whose source code is available for modification or enhancement by anyone. Programmers who have access to a computer program's source code can improve that program by adding features to it or fixing parts that don't always work correctly.

What's the difference between open source software and other types of software?

Some software (frequently called "proprietary" or "closed source" software) has source code that cannot be modified by anyone but the person, team, or organization who created it and maintains exclusive control over it. In order to use it, companies must agree by signing a license that they will not do anything with the software that the software's authors have not expressly permitted.

Open Source software is different. Its authors make its source code available to others who would like to view that code, copy it, learn from it, alter it, or share it. As they do with proprietary software, companies must agree by signing a license but the legal terms of open source licenses promote collaboration and sharing because they allow other people to make modifications to source code and incorporate those changes into their own projects.

Doesn't "Open Source" just mean something is free of charge?

No. This is a common misconception about what "Open Source" implies. Companies can charge money for the Open Source software they create or to which they contribute. But because most Open Source licenses require them to release their source code when they sell software to others, many Open Source software vendors charge for software services and support (rather than for the software itself).

What the biggest drivers for commercial Open Source Software adoption?

Based on the findings of Black Duck Software and North Bridge Partner’s annual survey, the top 6 reasons to adopt Open Source software in enterprises include:

- quality: Open Source advocates have long advocated that having an unbiased, spirited and innovation-driven Open Source community at the helm of R&D is a superior way to write better code. Flaws can be detected early and reliability tests yield fewer defects.

- freedom from vendor lock-in: freedom aiming to offer enterprises greater control and mobility;

- ease in deployment: Open Source is fast and easy to deploy, delivering superior business agility enabling enterprises to react quickly to changing business demands:
- access to code: since enterprises have access to code, they can easily integrate Open Source components into custom-developed applications using the “Build once, Deploy many” principle;
- security: the use of Open Source software in enterprise IT environment can greatly mitigate security risks as the Open Source community helps keep an eye on new vulnerabilities and gain early visibility into potential issues;
- customisability: with Open Source software, enterprise users (and their application vendors) can easily concentrate on a specific code of their solution software which can be further customised to match unique requirements.

What are the predicted Trends?

According to Gartner, Open Source will be part of mission-critical software portfolios across 99% of Global 2000 enterprises by 2016. Referring to findings of Black Duck Software and North Bridge Partner’s survey, 50% of all software purchased by enterprises will be Open Source in five years.
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