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Viable Open Source for the Consultancy Industry
Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Faculty of Information Technology, Mathematics and Electrical Engineering, Department of Computer and Information Science.
2012 (English)MasteroppgaveStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

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 questions: * 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.

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Institutt for datateknikk og informasjonsvitenskap , 2012. , 160 p.
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ntnudaim:5810, MIT informatikk, Informasjonsforvaltning
URN: urn:nbn:no:ntnu:diva-16771Local ID: ntnudaim:5810OAI: diva2:536443
Available from: 2012-06-21 Created: 2012-06-21

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