Panel: CIOs Wary of Open-Source Enterprise Apps

By Peter Galli  |  Posted 2007-04-23 Print this article Print

Analysts and company representatives at the Linux/Open Source on Wall Street conference discuss the obstacles in the way of mainstream adoption of mission-critical open-source applications.

NEW YORK—Just how comfortable are CIOs in the enterprise with the use of Linux and open-source solutions, particularly on the mission-critical application front?

That was the question put before the closing panel at the Linux/Open Source on Wall Street conference here on April 23, entitled "Selling Open Source to the CIO."

Venu Pemmaraju, senior investment manager for Intel Capital, which invests in open-source companies, said that while users were comfortable with open technologies on the infrastructure side, they were not yet comfortable on the enterprise application front.

Monica Kumar, the senior director of product marketing for Linux and open source at Oracle, said customers were primarily interested in whether a solution could solve their business problem and, if so, what its value proposition was, rather than whether it was proprietary or open source.

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Peter Galli has been a financial/technology reporter for 12 years at leading publications in South Africa, the UK and the US. He has been Investment Editor of South Africa's Business Day Newspaper, the sister publication of the Financial Times of London.

He was also Group Financial Communications Manager for First National Bank, the second largest banking group in South Africa before moving on to become Executive News Editor of Business Report, the largest daily financial newspaper in South Africa, owned by the global Independent Newspapers group.

He was responsible for a national reporting team of 20 based in four bureaus. He also edited and contributed to its weekly technology page, and launched a financial and technology radio service supplying daily news bulletins to the national broadcaster, the South African Broadcasting Corporation, which were then distributed to some 50 radio stations across the country.

He was then transferred to San Francisco as Business Report's U.S. Correspondent to cover Silicon Valley, trade and finance between the US, Europe and emerging markets like South Africa. After serving that role for more than two years, he joined eWeek as a Senior Editor, covering software platforms in August 2000.

He has comprehensively covered Microsoft and its Windows and .Net platforms, as well as the many legal challenges it has faced. He has also focused on Sun Microsystems and its Solaris operating environment, Java and Unix offerings. He covers developments in the open source community, particularly around the Linux kernel and the effects it will have on the enterprise.

He has written extensively about new products for the Linux and Unix platforms, the development of open standards and critically looked at the potential Linux has to offer an alternative operating system and platform to Windows, .Net and Unix-based solutions like Solaris.

His interviews with senior industry executives include Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, Linus Torvalds, the original developer of the Linux operating system, Sun CEO Scot McNealy, and Bill Zeitler, a senior vice president at IBM.

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