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Updated guide on Open Source for SMEs

by xavier last modified 2009-06-30 11:51

The third edition of a guide to help small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) to adopt Open Source software has been published. Different types of software applications and businesses models are addressed, making this guide useful for most SMEs that wish to simply use FOSS or even build a FOSS-based business approach.

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The works is being performed under the leadership the Italian Open Source researcher and software engineer Carlo Daffara. Daffara works on the Flossmetrics project, which aims to build a database with information about Open Source applications, and is involved with the OpenTTT project, that helps companies and public administrations to increase the use of Open Source.

The guide is organised into categories such as security, data protection, enterprise resource management and document management. "Most of the information in the guide can be used for small and medium administrations too", Daffara says. "It has been used as the guideline for a migration project here in Italy, in the regional health care authority of Friuli-Venezia Giulia, a medium sized public administrations that oversees the health care sector in that region."

Daffara updates the guide every six months. In the first edition he reviewed 165 applications, in the third edition the list has grown to more than 230 applications. According to Daffara, the previous editions of his guide were used in university courses in Greece and Sweden. They have also been distributed in South-East Asian countries, as part of a project by the United Nations.

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