IMPROVING THE ACCEPTABILITY OF OPEN SOURCE SOFTWARE AMONGST SOFTWARE COMPANY CLIENTS BY ADOPTING STRATEGICAL METHODS (MANAGEMENT PROJECT TOPICS AND MATERIALS)
The software company has grown at an alarming rate over the years. A major cause of this developmental growth is the use of open source software. The open source software’s have changed a large part of the software industry acting as a substitute or surrogate to the proprietary software’s that already exist. This growth has enabled the use of open source software as the backbone of the software company displacing the standard of software development, making it a prime candidate for commercial use and development of social strategies.
XYZ Data Systems Limited is a software company which is experiencing a drawback in the acceptability of open source software by company clients. This drawback is as a result of different factors, primarily, the factors that affect the adaptation of open source softwares. The research carried out aims at developing strategical methods that can be used to curb this drawback. It evaluates the various issues affecting the acceptability of open source softwares and investigates the issues at XYZ Data Systems Limited.
The first section of this dissertation deals with the scope and objectives of the project. This serves as a guide towards achieving the set goal of the dissertation. The review of academic journals relating to open source software was carried out extensively and the factors hindering the adoption of open source software were evaluated.
In order to accomplish this task, open ended interviews were carried out on the company clients and the staff of the company. The yielded result was used to find the root causes hindering the acceptability of open source software and provide a strategy which could be adopted.
Lots of factors were found to have hindered the adoption of open source software amongst company clients and a strategy was developed which if adopted by the sponsor would aid in solving the stated issue.