OSS in the Enterprise

I’m convinced that OSS has been transforming what we call “The Enterprise” for a few years. It isn’t that businesses are evaluating OSS on purely economic terms like ROI, it is that the individuals who are starting to manage Enterprise IT efforts are OSS participants. They have been “convert” so to speak. The next time you read traditional analysis of OSS in the Enterprise consider that comparing OSS to proprietary software isn’t a direct (or even valid) comparison.

When you “consume” OSS you are participating in an ecosystem even if you don’t fully appreciate it. This participation brings with it an awareness of OSS that transforms your approach to software development. “The Enterprise” doesn’t exist apart from the people that run it, and it is the people that have been transformed by OSS.