Managing open source adoption in your IT organization

This morning I was reading an article/blog entry by Paula Rooney called “Gartner doles out sobering predictions for open source use in the enterprise for next 5 years” over at ZDNet. In it, as you would expect, she largely quotes a Gartner report by Mark Driver. She says The economic…

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Life after Windows, One Month and Four Days

Ok, blog titles like this will not be sustainable, though I’ll mark the passage of time somehow. I haven’t used Microsoft Windows in any way since March 11, though it’s interesting to watch various people fight to save Windows XP. Then there’s the whole fuss Gartner raised about how Windows…

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IBM Accessibility ODF Coding Challenge 2006

Today we’re officially announcing the IBM Accessibility ODF Coding Challenge 2006, a contest for university students that combines open standards, open source, and accessibility. Our goal is to train hundreds if not thousands of college software engineering students to create great software that is accessible to all people, right from…

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Open source is adoptable

Several weeks ago I did an entry in which I talked about the difference between “complementary” and “complimentary.” It was a bit of a rant because I was tired of seeing these used incorrectly so often. You can be excused, therefore, in thinking that the title of this entry is…

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The World Is Clamoring for ODF! (YES!)

A friend pointed me to Matt Asay’s blog entry called “The World Is Clamoring for ODF! (Not)“. I respectfully disagree. Strange conclusion from evidence of something else. First of all, the basic evidence mentioned is misleading. How long has PDF been around? How long has Microsoft Office been around? Of…

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Gartner Report: “ISO Approval of OASIS OpenDocument Is a Blow to Microsoft”

View the whole short take report here. From the intro: International standards bodies’ unanimous approval of ISO/IEC 26300 moves OASIS OpenDocument Format to being the official XML document format. It is now unlikely that ISO will adopt Microsoft’s Open XML document format. Must reading. Please share with interested parties.

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IBM Statement For the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Senate Audit and Oversight Committee

As I have noted here and others have mentioned elsewhere, there is a hearing today in Boston to discuss the decision by the CIO’s office that support for OASIS OpenDocument Format be required for documents that are created, modified, and saved. IBM sent our statement to Senator Pacheco, Chair of…

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Debunking Myths on Open Document Formats (ODF)

As we’ve talked to folks about the OpenDocument Format and what it is and isn’t, a few consistent “myths” keep coming up. Here is our attempt to move some of that discussion closer to reality. Update: This is available in ODF presentation format here and in a PDF version of…

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Gartner Open Source Panel: Part 2

Last time I spoke about some of the meta-issues around doing panels. While not stated exactly this way, I said that I don’t believe they should be love fests nor do I believe they should be drag out fights. The questions should be direct and to the point, and if…

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My wishful predictions for 2005

For the last couple of years I’ve done Web services wish lists (2003 and 2004) and we’re already seeing the usual industry predictions for 2005. I thought I would combine them this year and offer some probabilities of their liklihood, a la Gartner. (Key: 0 = no chance, 1 =…

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Stop with “XML Web Services” vs. “Java Web Services”

Ok, this is a rant. I get annoyed every time I see a reference to “Java Web Services” or “XML Web Services.” The latter was invented by Microsoft to ensure that people wouldn’t possibly associate a non-favored technology with the developing Web Services technology. Then Sun came back and started…

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