Enterprise IT: Open Source Powerhouse
Kartik Subbarao, Global Lead for the Open Source and Linux Technology Profession, Hewlett Packard
Date: Thursday, August 4th, 2005
Time: 9:15am - 9:30am
Location: Portland Ballroom
When people talk about open source in the Enterprise, they most often focus on
IT as a consumer of open source software. Indeed, IT can significantly reduce
costs and increase flexibility by deploying open source software. But that's
only half the picture.
Enterprise IT organizations can be effective *producers* of open source
software as well, with increased benefits to both the organizations and the
industry as a whole. By generalizing and contributing company-specific
enhancements back to standard codebases, IT organizations can defray internal
support costs and improve overall quality. By collaborating with their peers
across the industry, IT developers can achieve common goals that would not
otherwise be possible. Participating full circle as both consumer and
producer, IT goes from being a cost center into a creator of value.
Open Source expands the role of Enterprise IT from a customer of
vendor-created solutions into an interdependent partner in the information
technology ecosystem. When open standards-based, open source options
are pervasive, IT organizations have more leverage with software and
To illustrate these ideas concretely, we will explore how Hewlett-Packard has
acted as both consumer and producer of open source software for its IT
infrastructure. We will look at how these practices have increased value for
HP, its customers and partners, and the IT industry.
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