Business Models and Strategies for Open Source Projects
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Business Models and Strategies for Open Source Projects

Francisco José Monaco (Universidade de São Paulo, Brazil)
Pages: 300
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-6684-4785-7
ISBN13: 9781668447857|ISBN10: 1668447851|EISBN13: 9781668447871|ISBN13 Softcover: 9781668447864
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Since its emergence by the mid-eighties, the concept of Open Source has steadily evolved and established itself along the following decades to ascend into the 21st century as a leading industrial paradigm. Originally conceived in the ambit of software development, the principles of collaborative construction of publicly accessible knowledge have since then naturally extended to embrace any intellectual artifact made accessible for unrestricted utilization, development, and distribution, encompassing creations of technological, educational, artistic, or other nature. Open-source software, including hardware design, music production, to name a few examples, belong today to the agenda of both industry and the public sector. Whilst it is not difficult to enumerate advantages of the adoption of open-source products by individuals and organizations — whether related to cost reduction, socioecological inclusion, governance of technology development, security, and privacy transparency, among others — it is not as immediate to identify their motivation to develop open-source technology.

While there may surely be initiatives driven by either ideology, portfolio, philanthropy or marketing, those reasons alone do not explain the success of long-standing large community-run projects or why large commercial enterprises massively invest in open-source development. This Book addresses those questions. Exploring case studies, the investigation aims at understanding the rationales and the strategy underlying those companies’ decisions to produce and release open-source products, as well as which business models have succeeded.

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Francisco José Monaco, PhD on Electrical Engineer, is professor at the University of São Paulo, Brazil and a researcher at Brazilian National Institute of Science and Technology INCT-SEC. At the Department of Computer Systems of ICMC-USP, his main scientific interests are on distributed realtime systems and self-adaptive techniques. He has authored several papers on related subjects and his current research activities include adaptive resource management on service computing, and modeling and simulation of performance and dependability attributes of distributed services.
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