CLEVELAND, May 17 /PRNewswire/ -- Flashline(R), the leading provider of
software asset management solutions, today announced the release of Flashline
Pattern Book for Open Source in the Enterprise. The Flashline Pattern Book
offers a collection of documents based on best practices that address various
aspects of the creation, launch and ongoing management of an open source
software initiative, from building a business case to budget, staffing, and
licensing issues. The Flashline Pattern Book provides guidance for IT managers
interested in capitalizing on the quality, reliability, and cost savings
benefits of open source software.
Flashline developed the Pattern Book based on best practices gained
through multiple engagements with Fortune 500 organizations and federal
agencies incorporating open source projects into their software asset
management initiatives. The Flashline Pattern Book provides resources to help
organizations address the business processes that support successful open
source programs, such as effective governance strategies and implementation
"If organizations do not adopt procedures and standards supporting the
acquisition and ongoing management of open source software, their initiatives
will fail. Incorporating open source into a software asset management strategy
is the only way companies will quickly realize the cost savings, collaborative
and quality benefits of open source," states Mark Driver, vice president of
Gartner, Inc. "This approach will take open source beyond isolated, project-
focused efforts into enterprise-wide success."
Flashline Pattern Book for Open Source in the Enterprise is published
under a Creative Commons open license. This license permits the free use,
modification, and non-commercial redistribution of the Pattern Book so it can
evolve through the same process that has produced open source software. The
Flashline Pattern Book is available as Wiki content, allowing access to and
collaborative modification of the material.
"A growing number of IT organizations today treat open source as a
strategic initiative and are extending their software asset management
programs to support open source assets. But enterprise-wide management and
control of open source assets and the associated risks are significant issues,
as is the calculation of related savings. Flashline Pattern Book for Open
Source helps IT managers address these very issues so they can deploy open
source software assets across a wide range of initiatives, including
application development, enterprise application integration and enterprise
architecture," states Charles Stack, CEO of Flashline. "By releasing the
Flashline Pattern Book as a community-driven open source project, it is our
hope that organizations will continually modify and refine the documents to
reflect their particular expertise in dealing effectively with open source in
The Flashline Pattern Book consists of nearly 20 templates for project
plans, presentations and worksheets addressing key issues, requirements, and
* Business case -- an executive overview and business-oriented rationale
for incorporating open source into the enterprise.
* Project plan -- a roadmap for the initiative. Includes timelines and
milestones, worksheets, communications plans, budgets and benefits to
various roles throughout the organization.
* Implementation -- includes worksheets for calculating total cost of
ownership for open source assets, key phases and activities for
selecting, managing and tracking open source assets.
* Staffing -- overview of roles and qualifications required to support
open source, including the role of a "steward" acting as liaison
between the open source community and the enterprise.
* Legal issues --- summary of the various open source licensing
Flashline Pattern Book for Open Source in the Enterprise is available
at http://wiki.flashline.com/wiki . Senior executives can review an executive
summary. Flashline also offers a FlashPack for Open Source that extends the
Flashline Registry to accelerate the adoption and management of open source
software assets throughout the enterprise.
About Flashline, Inc.
Flashline delivers Software Asset Management solutions to improve the
governance of enterprise-wide IT programs. Using Flashline analytics, senior
managers can monitor the cost reduction and consolidation benefits of key IT
initiatives such as reuse, enterprise architecture, outsourcing, and legacy
modernization. By increasing visibility into how teams are creating and using
software assets, Flashline allows project and program managers to quickly
determine if they are in compliance with corporate and architectural mandates
and to reduce duplicate efforts. Flashline is a privately held company
headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio. For more information
visit www.flashline.com .
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