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Elizabeth Book

Open Source: The Wild West of Software Development

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One of the hottest topics in the enterprise technology space right now is open source. Open source is kind of the Wild West of software and, increasingly, application development. There is just so much going on, what with the Free Software Foundation people screaming at each other, with general public licensing debates, with Linux development, JBoss, Red Hat, Google, Salesforce.com, even the government is getting in on it... and it's hard to keep it all straight.

For an open source neophyte like me, this story about the FCC fighting open source just brings more questions than answers. And we have IONA and Mulesource, both companies we've been following for some time, developing their open source ESBs faster than we can even think of uses for optimized service-oriented messaging.

That's why here at ebizQ, we've brought on a top industry analyst to talk about these issues, with our audience's input, every day. ebizQ's new senior open source software analyst, Dennis Byron, has spent the last 30 years analyzing middleware and other emerging technologies for various firms, and we're really happy he's here with us now, to "agnostically" help us navigate the exciting new world of open source.

I invite you to read Dennis' most recent piece, "The 411 on Open Source Software Development", and to bookmark ebizQ's brand new Open Source tab, right here.

About Dennis Byron:
Dennis Byron, ebizQ's Senior Open Source Software analyst, is also a Senior Analyst for Research 2.0, which is aimed at institutional and individual investors in information technology (IT), or just anyone who likes to peer under the covers of "the financials" where both large companies and emerging IPOs like to bury their most interesting facts. Byron has more than 30 years experience researching and analyzing all areas of information technology and information-systems use. He was the ERP and Middleware Analyst with the Datapro division of McGraw-Hill and at IDC FROM 1991 TO 2006. He has conducted over 500 specific information-systems case studies, and has contributed to Application Development Trends magazine and other publications.

ebizQ’s expert blog team covers a broad range of BPM, business integration, business analytics/monitoring, collaboration, content and related issues.

Peter Schooff

Peter Schooff is Contributing Editor at ebizQ, and manager of the ebizQ Forum. Contact him at pschooff@techtarget.com

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