Enterprise Open Source Alternatives

11 January 2011

SOS Open Source get started by talking about why open source selection matters and then giving tips to find open source software and suggestions about how to evaluate open source.

Later we shared excerpts from evaluation reports ranging from software quality tools and wiki platforms, to how to select project management alternatives and open source forks.

The goal of this article is to share ways of finding open source candidates and how to compute metrics. »

Open Source Business Intelligence: SpagoBI

14 December 2010

SOS Open Source has been asked to evaluate SpagoBI, an Italian open source business intelligence suite, this is an excerpt of the report. SpagoBI belongs to the SpagoWorld initiative, an effort conducted by Engineering to create a collection of open source applications enterprise ready.
[update – 25 October 2011: SpagoBI is gaining traction in Italy and abroad (see download top ten at OW2), forums are more popular, and its adoption is documented and happens also on the other side of the pond. Webinars and online documentation makes easier to try it, both project sustainability and industrialization are improved] »

Open Source Monitoring: Icinga vs Nagios

25 November 2010

Recently a customer asked a comparison between Nagios Core to Icinga Core, and we got granted the opportunity to make these findings available to the general public through SOS Open Source.

Some background information on Nagios and Icinga. Nagios – whose name is a recursive acronym (“Nagios Ain’t Gonna Insist On Sainthood”) ironically refers to the original name NetSaint changed to avoid trademark troubles – is among the most popular open source network management tools and application. Nagios has been designed and developed by Ethan Galstad over the last 11 yearsRecently Ethan started to empower other developers, a transition that is slowly happening. Icinga is a Nagios fork born over one year ago, which aim was and is to make it a community-led project, probably not devoid of business logic. »