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New Research: A CIO’s Perspective On Open Source

by Mark Driver  |  January 31, 2011  |  Comments Off on New Research: A CIO’s Perspective On Open Source

I’ve just published a new research note on a “CIO’s Perspective On Open Source”.  Gartner clients can get the full report here.

I’ve included the highlights below but as usual the real ‘meat’ of the analysis is in the full report….

A CIO’s Perceptive On Open Source

An open-source governance program is the key to maximizing open-source software (OSS) IT value and minimizing risk. The CIO’s office is the key to successfully executing this effort within the enterprise.

Key Findings

  • The presence of open source is inevitable within mainstream mission-critical IT portfolios.
  • OSS assets can affect IT initiatives in positive and negative ways through gains or losses in such things as efficiency, productivity, functionality and security.
  • The principal risks of open source are driven by unmanaged software assets that can introduce technical and legal challenges (e.g., security, intellectual property management and audit compliance).
  • The IT benefits of open source are driven by a confluence of cost optimization, flexibility and innovation when managed properly.
  • Above all other considerations, the successful execution of an open-source governance program drives the difference between positive and negative impact.
  • The CIO’s office is uniquely qualified to sponsor a corporate governance open-source program, enforce it within the boundaries of IT and promote it across business units as well.


  • Educate IT and business leaders regarding the positive and negative aspects of open-source assets within the corporate technology portfolio.
  • Establish an open-source governance program that is sponsored by the office of the CIO and promoted by a cross-disciplined team of key IT and business leaders. Its mission will be to minimize potential risks and maximize the value afforded by open-source solutions.
  • Within this program, focus first on eliminating the potential loss of IT value through risk associated with unmanaged (or undermanaged) open-source assets. As soon as the program is established, expand its scope to more aggressively leverage open-source solutions for positive IT value benefits (when and where appropriate).

A CIO’s Perspective on Open-Source Software

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Mark Driver
Research VP
12 years at Gartner
27 years IT industry

Mark Driver is a vice president and research director in Gartner Research, where he specializes in application development technologies and open-source software. Within Gartner, Mr. Driver serves as a principal analyst for Java technology, as well as the Microsoft .NET framework. He is also the principal analyst covering the business and technical issues of the open-source software model. He covers many aspects of open-source software, including adoption challenges, best practices, market impact and development models.Read Full Bio

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