What You Should Do

By Edward Cone  |  Posted 2003-05-01 Print this article Print

The software giant's open source database lacks buzz, but technology executives may want to pay attention.

What You Should Do: How to Buy An Open-Source Database

  • KNOW YOUR NEEDS Clearly identify each key function required.

  • GET CERTIFICATION Up-front savings won't pay off if you don't have qualified support.

  • PLAN FOR GROWTH Will the database that meets today's needs add functionality and be able to scale as your business grows?

  • RUN WITH THE PACK Choose software with a solid base of users and a well-established vendor.

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    Senior Writer and author of the Know It All blog

    Ed Cone has worked as a contributing editor at Wired, a staff writer at Forbes, a senior writer for Ziff Davis with Baseline and Interactive Week, and as a freelancer based in Paris and then North Carolina for a wide variety of magazines and papers including the International Herald Tribune, Texas Monthly, and Playboy. He writes an opinion column in his hometown paper, the Greensboro News & Record, and publishes the semi-popular EdCone.com weblog. He lives in North Carolina with his wife, Lisa, two kids, and a dog.

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