Towards an OSS Adoption Business Impact Assessment

  • Lucía Méndez TapiaEmail author
  • Lidia López
  • Claudia P. Ayala
  • María Carmela Annosi
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Business Information Processing book series (LNBIP, volume 235)


Nowadays, the adoption of Open Source Software (OSS) by organizations is becoming a strategic need in a wide variety of application areas. Organizations adopt OSS in very diverse ways. The way in which they adopt OSS affects and shapes their businesses. Therefore, knowing the impact of different OSS adoption strategies in the context of an organization may help improving the processes undertaken inside this organization and ultimately pave the road to strategic moves. However, there is a lack of support for assessing the impact of the OSS adoption over the business of the adopter organizations. Based on the goal-oriented characterization of some OSS adoption strategies, in this paper, we propose a preliminary approach to assess the business impact of the OSS adoption strategies over the adopter organizations. The proposal is based on the Business Model Canvas and graph theory notions to support the elicitation and assessment of the impact of each goal over the adopter organization. We illustrate the application of the approach in the context of a telecommunications company.


Open Source Software Goal-oriented OSS adoption strategies Business model canvas 



This work has been performed in the context of the RISCOSS project, funded by the EC 7th Framework Programme FP7/2007-2013, agreement number 318249. Lucía Méndez’s work is supported by a SENESCYT (Secretaría de Educación Superior, Ciencia, Tecnología e Innovación) grant from the Ecuatorian government.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Lucía Méndez Tapia
    • 1
    • 2
    Email author
  • Lidia López
    • 1
  • Claudia P. Ayala
    • 1
  • María Carmela Annosi
    • 3
  1. 1.Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC)BarcelonaSpain
  2. 2.Universidad del Azuay (UDA)CuencaEcuador
  3. 3.Ericsson Research – Ericsson ABPaganiItaly

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