Risks and Risk Mitigation in Open Source Software Adoption: Bridging the Gap between Literature and Practice

  • Øyvind Hauge
  • Daniela Soares Cruzes
  • Reidar Conradi
  • Ketil Sandanger Velle
  • Tron André Skarpenes
Part of the IFIP Advances in Information and Communication Technology book series (IFIPAICT, volume 319)

Abstract

The possible benefits of open source software (OSS) have led organizations into adopting a variety of OSS products. However, the risks related to such an adoption, and how to reduce these risks, are not well understood. Based on data from interviews, a questionnaire, and workshops, this paper reports ongoing work in a multi-national telecom company. The paper has three main contributions. First, it identifies and discusses several risks related to OSS adoption. Second, it identifies steps for reducing several of these risks. Third, it shows how research can be used to increase the visibility of, and involve the employees in, ongoing OSS efforts.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Øyvind Hauge
    • 1
  • Daniela Soares Cruzes
    • 1
  • Reidar Conradi
    • 1
  • Ketil Sandanger Velle
    • 1
  • Tron André Skarpenes
    • 1
  1. 1.Norwegian University of Science and Technology 

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