Opening the 'open' debate

Taft, Darryl K.
January 2004
eWeek;1/26/2004, Vol. 21 Issue 4, p24
When mapping out the new year's budget, determining between open source and open standards is quickly becoming a key issue. Executives from companies such as Microsoft Corp., IBM Corp., Sun Microsystems Inc. and Red Hat Inc. took part in the annual technology showcase, sponsored by Harvard Business School of Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts. And all agreed that distinguishing between open source and open standards was especially important in procurements. Evidence of the trend, they said, can be found in Massachusetts, which recently switched its IT procurement policy from a focus on open source to a focus on open standards and best value.


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