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Open Source 2010: Reflections on 2007
2007, EDUCAUSE Review
Bradley C. Wheeler
Colleges and universities and commercial firms have demonstrated great progress in realizing the vision proffered for "Open Source 2007," and 2010 will mark even greater progress. Although much work remains in refining open source for higher education applications, the signals are now clear: the collaborative development of software can provide one of the most potent tools for IT leaders as they wrestle with four challenging trends for IT services: (1) unbridled demand for IT services; (2) modest IT resource growth; (3) a marketplace failure; and (4) growing distance between the users and the software developers. The outcomes, pace, and shape of open-source collaborations remain fungible and in their hands. Thus 2007 is the year to revisit if and how open-source application software fits as part of a comprehensive IT strategy for a specific college or university. Given a multi-year lead time to develop an institution's robust ability to leverage the investments of others, now is not too early to begin this work even as various applications mature. In the author's view, developing a collaborative capability is not an option for 2010: it is a necessity for effective college and university IT organizations.
Wheeler, B. C. (2007), "Open Source 2010: Reflections on 2007," EDUCAUSE Review, Vol. 42, No. 1, pp. 49-52, 54, 56, 58, 60, 62, 64, 66-67.