Why recession is causing enterprises to rethink open-source strategy

in eWeek

SAN FRANCISCO—Open-source software and middleware, which is now populating every part of modern data centers, has always had to fight a reputation—deserved or undeserved—of being simply too "Wild West" for many enterprises.

Not so anymore, Alfresco's general manager for the Americas, Matt Asay, told a near full-house audience in his opening remarks at the sixth annual Open Source Business Conference here at the Palace Hotel.

Alfresco, started up in 2005 by Documentum co-founder John Newton and John Powell, former chief operating officer of Business Objects, provides an enterprise-ready open-source CMS (content management system).

"Two and a half years ago, I got a call from a large financial services firm," said Asay, who co-founded OSBC in 2004. "They said, 'Well, we're kicking the tires on Alfresco, we took the demo and we went through the processes.' Then they told me, 'You know, we're a conservative organization, and open source is just too risky for us. We can't do it.'

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