Viable Open Source for the Consultancy Industry
Open source software is growing in the market, and increasingly preferred to
closed software for the increased flexibility free software provides. As a
result of this more and more businesses are trying to enter this market and
profit from open source software.
Consultancy agencies targeting the public sector are in demand of expertise and
products released as open source. As this is a new field for many companies,
studies are needed on how to approach these markets with a high chance of
success with regards to business models and the technological benefits that
open source software may provide. The problem description raises two research
* Is authoring of open source software a viable business idea for consultancy agencies?
* How should software be released as open source?
This thesis presents two main contributions for answering the research questions.
The first is a set of guidelines and techniques for estimating the business viability of a
of open source software venture. The second is some best practices for authoring and releasing
open source by observing the successful projects that already exists.
In addition to these theoretical parts of the thesis, a system for analyzing and
generating XSLT-transformations for OpenFEIDE is presented.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Institutt for datateknikk og informasjonsvitenskap , 2012. , 160 p.
ntnudaim:5810, MIT informatikk, Informasjonsforvaltning
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:no:ntnu:diva-16771Local ID: ntnudaim:5810OAI: oai:DiVA.org:ntnu-16771DiVA: diva2:536443
Conradi, Reidar, ProfessorNormann, Rolf Sture