Thursday, February 01, 2007
Enterprise Architecture: Four Open Source Projects that should be on your radar...
I understand that as an Enterprise Architect that I may be upset the cart by asking you to pay attention to open source. After all, open source requires you to become self-sufficient and acknowledges that you can no longer call up software vendors to do all those Powerpoint presentations for you for free. You may even have to install the software yourself and get familiar with it and not rely on a vendor-driven proof of concept. Anyway, if you have the courage, please check out the below list:
- Application Servers: If you are still paying money for J2EE containers, please beat yourself with a noodle but not to hard, because I want you to visit JBoss which works wonderfully and has many features that closed source competitors haven't even noodled yet.
- VOIP: If you are a large enterprise with small regional offices and you need to put phone support remotely, consider using Asterisk which has all the features one could ever need in a PBX. Many folks I know even run it at home if they have large families.
- Portal: If you want portal software that has been independently certified as being both the most secure and most scalable portal software available then you need to head over to Liferay. It is the only portal in 2007 that supports SPML, OpenID, XACML and integration with the leading ServiceMix and ECM products out of the box.
- ERP: Many large enterprises use either SAP R3, Oracle Financials or Peoplesoft for ERP and I wouldn't at this time recommend that they move away from them to an open source offering. However if you are a small 500 person company and want to rightsize, then may I suggest you check out Compiere?
- Virtualization: Like most shops, you probably have a data center full of underutilized servers. How about embarking on a consolidation approach and embrace Xen?
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