2007-Year of Open Source

According to IT consulting and services firm Unisys, 2007 will be the year in which open source software will attain the architectural backing and distribution channels needed to gain acceptance from enterprise customers as a front-rank vehicle for deploying enterprise applications.

"There are literally thousands of open source projects in the world today, and it’s accelerating rapidly in sophistication and acceptance," said Anthony Gold, Vice President and General Manager, Open Source Business, Unisys. "Until now, Linux has been one of the most mature and widely adopted elements. In 2007, Unisys sees open source attaining a similar inflection point in adoption for critical mainstream business solutions such as BI and enterprise content management."

2007 will witness following key trends:

  • Architectural Approaches to Open Source Will Begin to Predominate

In 2007, enterprise open source buyers will recognize the need for that kind of holistic architecture. How they get it is another matter. Few have the in-house expertise to manage and integrate legacy systems and open source stacks to achieve it. Even fewer open source software providers have the enterprise expertise to help them. Increasingly, enterprise customers will turn to SIs who can give them the blueprint to create and manage an infrastructure aligned with their business strategy that integrates appropriate open source elements and optimizes their performance.

  • Specialized Stacks Will Drive a New Direction for Business Applications

The LAMP (Linux, Apache, MySQL, PHP/Python/Perl) stack, focused on general functions such as operating environment and database services, has until now formed the foundation for most open source projects.

The status quo will change dramatically in the next year.

"In 2007, we’ll see a rise in more differentiated open source stacks for specific purposes, such as BI, content management and output management," says Ali Shadman, VP and General Manager, Open Source Solutions, Systems & Technology, Unisys. "Each specialized stack will constitute a 'black box’"a plug-and-play; minimally configurable building block designed to fit naturally in modern data center environments and accomplish a single job from the outset. Such solutions are essential to ease IT management’s concerns about having to focus on integration of open source components instead of developing and managing innovative systems to support growth of their businesses."

Another key development in specialized stacks in 2007 will be the start of convergence for BI.

  • SOA and Standards Will Close the Gap between Legacy and Open Systems

Enterprises’ increasing adoption of SOA requiring interaction between legacy and open systems will help to bridge the divide between the two environments, yielding a blend of lower cost and maximum functionality.

With its roots in industry standards, open source software will provide a value-vehicle for integration of transactions, processes and data as the technology matures in 2007 " especially in complex areas such as high-volume transaction integration between heterogeneous platforms.

  • The Smart Money Will Be on Driving Business Growth and Innovation

Most organizations see open source as a way to reduce costs " for both technology acquisition and ongoing ownership. Many are now using or will use SOA to drive top line business growth, allowing new services to be deployed for new markets from existing applications or as a more efficient way to develop new applications.

Unisys expects far-sighted organizations in 2007 to be looking to open source to develop even more of an "edge" to increase their competitiveness and drive innovation.

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Updated Date: Dec 23, 2014 18:41:09 IST