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Practical Guide to Enterprise Architecture, A by Elias K. Jo, Vikas Sharan, James Linn, Michael E. Stevens, Scott W. Ambler, James McGovern

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The Mysteries of Open Source

In many organizations, the architecture is determined by vendors selling miraculous wares to executives in exchange for golf outings. To prevent any dissent among the ranks, vendors distribute T-shirts, coffee mugs, and assorted trinkets as forms of bribery. The grand vision of becoming an organizational hero simply by championing the purchase of big-dollar expenditures on hardware and software is rapidly disappearing.

Open source and GNU (www.gnu.org) will sooner or later penetrate the enterprise architecture of many organizations—it is inevitable. The practical architect will embrace open source as a solution to business problems and may even become an advocate of it. Others will remain hesitant to consider it because ...

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