RESEARCH & RESOURCES

Leveraging Open Source in a Down Economy, from Databases to Data Integration Tools

Webinar Abstract
The current economic downturn has a lot of IT people and their business sponsors taking another look at open source software tools. On the one hand, the extreme low cost of open source software gets everyone’s attention, especially in organizations whose IT budgets are frozen or cut. On the other hand, open source has a number of compelling benefits, like low risk, the option to try before buying, creative financing, minimal footprint in deployment, a community of peer developers to collaborate with, and technical support from vendors.

LINUX has led the way, proving that open source software can ably handle enterprise requirements for scalability, reliability, and rich feature functionality. More recently, other categories of open source software have risen to the enterprise challenge, namely open source database management systems (DBMSs), data integration (DI) tools, and business intelligence (BI) tools. This Webinar spells out the economic and technical reasons why your organization should take another look at open source DBMS and DI products, as well as use cases in which these tools are increasingly applied with success.

You will learn:

  • Trends and drivers for the adoption of open source in general, plus open source DBMSs, DI, and BI tools, specifically
  • Benefits of open source DBMSs and DI tools, including low cost, low risk, speed to use, flexible deployment configurations, collaborative developer community, etc.
  • How organizations are implementing open source DBMS and DI tools as complements to existing traditional DBMS, DI, and BI tools

Philip Russom, Ph.D.

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