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Open Source Business
Software Solutions
for Autumn
Streak

Daniel
Callahan

Ross
Eshleman

Sarah Caruso

Concerns for Autumn Streak


What types of Open Source Business
Software
would benefit our
company the most, and how much could it benefit our company
?



A missed day in our supply chain can mean thousands
of dollars in
lost
income, so how reliable is Open Source Business Software and how can
we account for failures in software?



Is Open Source Business
Software
secure, or is there greater risk using
open source software?



Open
Source Business
Software is constantly changing, how can our
company keep up with the constant updates without
losing
work time?



If we encounter any questions or problems
with
Open Source Business
Software, can the questions be easily addressed and answered or
not
?




Would using Open Source Business

Software reduce lead times?




Open Source Business Software
Background


Open
-
source
model of operation and decision making
allows for concurrent input of different agendas,
approaches and priorities, and differs from the more
closed, centralized models of
development



The principles and
practices that
are commonly applied
to the development of source code for
software are
made available for public
collaboration thus resulting in
the release of open
-
source software

Open Source Business Software
Background


Open
-
source software is computer software for which
the human
-
readable source code is made available
under a copyright license.


This permits users to use, change, and improve the
software, and to redistribute it in modified or unmodified
form. It is often developed in a public, collaborative
manner (online forum)


The core coding of the software is viewable and able to be
edited to suit the needs of the user



An Open Source Discussion



Common
Choices of
Open Source Software


Choices for businesses
using open
-
source
software


Free
, community
-
supported version of an application


Fee
-
based
enterprise
version


Includes
support, service, updates and other
features



According to Bill Parducci, CTO of Los Angeles
-
based Think Passenger Inc., more examples of
software that takes a "hybrid approach" between open
source, closed source, functionality, risk and support
are being seen.


This
brings to thought the idea that not all problems can be
necessarily solved by open source systems, so it might be
best to have other options available.

Advantages of Using Open Source
Systems


Reliability


Failures rarely occur and when/if they
do the faults are generally
easily
fixable



Stability


A choice to use
open
-
source
software can provide a counter to
the pressures to upgrade for the vendor's commercial
purposes



Auditability


It is easier to spot potential security problems and correct them.


You also do not have to trust a vendor’s claims of ways to fix
problems





Advantages of Using Open Source
Systems


Cost


The majority of

open
-
source business systems are free of cost


Nevertheless, it is important to note that sometimes paying a small
fee for open
-
source business systems allows for better, more efficient
features



Others


Little

administrative overhead needed



Reduced

need for upgrades



Near

zero vulnerability to viruses





Benefits
of Using Open Source
Systems


Flexibility

and Freedom


Freely choose solutions most pertinent and beneficial to your users



Free

of dependency on other products or software


Freedom

of a single vendor: Vendors can go out of business, which
would be devastating to a business with great reliance on the vendor



Openness to modify your software


You

are not limited to what one company thinks you need


Open source software is tailored to the way the company does
business rather than to the way the vendor does its business





Disadvantages
of Using Open Source
Systems

Note:
Most of the disadvantages only apply if you are not
somewhat code
-
savvy



Some

open
-
source projects stall and die


Application could be full of security

bugs


Or

if you could get them fixed it would require paying an expert



Support issues


Again, if bugs are found paying an expert is the most common fix



Possible poor integration with Microsoft



Lack of capabilities and features

Open
Source
Business Software
Recommendations for
Autumn
Streak


There is a plethora
of
open
-
source software online



Our recommended software types:



MySQL


Many
of the world's
largest
and fastest
-
growing organizations use
MySQL to save time
and money



Assists
in closely monitoring critical business
systems


Lead
times and supply management
operations



Offers a
comprehensive set of training courses that gives a
competitive edge

Open
Source
Business Software
Recommendations for
Autumn
Streak


PostgreSQL


Runs on all major operating systems: Linux, UNIX (AIX, BSD, HP
-
UX, SGI IRIX, Mac OS X, Solaris, Tru64) and Windows



No associated licensing cost for the software




Legendary reliability and stability


It is extremely common for companies to report that PostgreSQL has
never, ever crashed for them in several years of high activity operation



Comprehensive online support in the form of an online community
and forums for specific question from the user



Highly Customizable


PostgreSQL runs stored procedures and library interfaces in more than a
dozen programming languages (Java, Perl, Python, C/C++, its own
PL/pgSQL (similar to Oracle's PL/SQL), and others



An Open Source Example: COMPIERE


Compiere

is an ERP Open Source software



Compiere, Inc. delivers the world's most widely used
open source enterprise resource planning (ERP)



Compiere's solutions enable distribution,
manufacturing, retail, and professional services
companies to gain competitive advantage through the
automation of financial, distribution, sales, and
service processes

Proposed Plan of Action for Autumn Streak


Weigh both the pros/cons and benefits of open
-
source
software to conclude whether or not it be appropriate


If be, decide on budget for transition to open
-
source


Evaluate the different types of open
-
source software


Choose the best
-
fit software type for Autumn Streak


Prepare to hire, at minimum, an employee to manage
the new software system that has been implemented


After a given period of time, reevaluate the new system
to see whether or not success has been achieved



Questions???