Risks and Risk Mitigation in Open Source Software Adoption: Bridging the Gap between Literature and Practice

Abstract : The possible benefits of open source software (OSS) have led organizations into adopting a variety of OSS products. However, the risks related to such an adoption, and how to reduce these risks, are not well understood. Based on data from interviews, a questionnaire, and workshops, this paper reports ongoing work in a multi-national telecom company. The paper has three main contributions. First, it identifies and discusses several risks related to OSS adoption. Second, it identifies steps for reducing several of these risks. Third, it shows how research can be used to increase the visibility of, and involve the employees in, ongoing OSS efforts.
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Øyvind Hauge, Daniela Soares Cruzes, Reidar Conradi, Ketil Sandanger Velle, Tron André Skarpenes. Risks and Risk Mitigation in Open Source Software Adoption: Bridging the Gap between Literature and Practice. 6th International IFIP WG 2.13 Conference on Open Source Systems,(OSS), May 2010, Notre Dame, United States. pp.105-118, ⟨10.1007/978-3-642-13244-5_9⟩. ⟨hal-01056020⟩

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