Publisher: Addison-Wesley, 2005, 242 pages
Keywords: Open Source
Succeeding with Open Source presents a practical methodology for organizations using open source software. The book describes all aspects of open source products and the significant difference between open source and commercial software: while commercial software vendors deliver a mature product that includes software, training, documentation, support, and even professional services, open source software focuses on only software — users are expected to arrange for all other necessary product elements.
Succeeding with Open Source describes in detail how organizations can locate, assess, and select those elements. When selecting a software product, every pragmatic IT organization wants to know how mature the product is — how ready is it for the intended use? To help them answer that question about open source products, Succeeding with Open Source presents the Open Source Maturity Model (OSMM), a formal methodology to determine the maturity level of any given open source product. A sample OSMM assessment is included with the book to help readers see how the process may be easily applied and how it can help identify product strengths and weaknesses.
An extremely well-written book, that manages to teach you something new (OSMM), as well as educate you in OSS and give a well-written and researched response to Carr's opinions as given in HBR.
What also make it stand out is that it is both well-researched and practical (and to top it of, very well-written). The only thing missing is a thorough review of the different OSS licenses and their implications.
Anyone that has to work in IT (both at a Management or a more hands-on level) has to consider this mandatory reading. In short, excellent reading.