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September 2017, Vol. 6. No. 8

Open source strategies bring benefits, but don't rush in

It's ironic that we spend a lot of money on proprietary databases, business applications and structured business intelligence platforms for "little" data, but we turn to open source platforms for big data analytics. Why not just scale down free, big data open source systems to handle the little data too? Of course, there are a number of real reasons, including minimizing risk and assuring enterprise-class data management requirements. Cost probably isn't even the first criteria for most enterprises. Even when it comes to cost, open source doesn't mean free in a real economic sense. Open source strategies require cutting-edge expertise, professional support and often buy-up into proprietary enterprise-class feature sets. The truth is, open source platforms don't necessarily maximize ROI. Still, open source strategies create attractive opportunities for businesses that want to evolve their aging applications. Many IT investing strategies now include a core principle preferring open source for new applications. In fact, we'd claim ...

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