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[News] Open Source Risk FURTHER Reduced

OpenLogic Launches Indemnification for its Certified Library of Open Source

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| "Open source software has made great headway into the
| enterprise," said Steven Grandchamp, CEO of OpenLogic.
| "But for enterprises to fully embrace a broad range of
| open source products, they need to be able to deploy,
| manage and control their open source usage and limit
| their legal risk. This is the first time that enterprises
| have been able to access indemnification coverage for
| such a broad range of open source products from a
| single vendor."


Related (some wrapping issues):

Case study - Open source allows risk management firm to minimises risk

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| A respected engineering and risk management consultancy has decided 
| toreduce its own exposure to risk by migrating to a complete open source
| infrastructure.
| ESR Technology (ESRT) believes that it has freed itself from the expense
| and vendor lock-in associated with proprietary software by deploying
| an entirely open source  network infrastructure.


Open source risky? Nah. Just if you hire an attorney who doesn't grok it

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| the "risk" of open source is no greater, and is generally far less, than
| the risk of using proprietary software.


Closing the Open Source Door a Risky Proposition

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| The move from an open source model to a closed one may appeal to
| developers seeking to pay their bills, but the transition is a risky
| one. Some customers will balk at losing control of applications key to
| their business -- the federal government, in particular -- and may look
| for other open source alternatives to meet their software needs.


Your data or your life

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| As unlikely and alarmist as this sounds, it could really happen. Intracare
| is the publisher of a popular practice management system called Dr. Notes.
| When some doctors balked at a drastic increase in their annual software
| lease, they were cut off from accessing their own patients? information.
| This situation is completely unconscionable. There can be no truly
| open doctor-patient relationship when an unrelated third party is the
| de facto owner of and gatekeeper to all related data.


Putting risk back on the vendor, not the customer

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| Back to faith. In open source, risk shifts to the vendor, because there
| is no upfront license fee, just the ongoing support and maintenance. As
| such, if the open source vendor fails to deliver ongoing value, you
| dump them. Period. And if the product is great but the support is not,
| you can go to one of their SIs or others to get support.
| Yes, this puts a lot of risk on open source vendors. No, it's not easy.
| But yes, it is a dramatically better value proposition for enterprise
| buyers. No question.
| Enterprises should stop paying Monopoly Money (licenses) to vendors.
| They should pay for value, not licenses.


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