The Practical Manager's Guide to Open Source
by Maria Winslow
Lulu Press, http://www.lulu.com/PracticalGuide
New book helps IT directors navigate the waters of open source
Open source in the enterprise has reached a critical mass - no technical manager with budgetary responsibility can afford to ignore the possibility for significant cost benefit in their organization. The Practical Manager's Guide to Open Source is the first book to arm IT directors and system administrators with the knowledge they need to objectively evaluate open source software for their particular computing environments. This book guides the reader through the process of finding practical uses for open source that will integrate seamlessly into existing infrastructure. Worksheets enable readers to quickly and easily evaluate the feasibility and return on investment of any potential migration project. The Practical Manager's Guide to Open Source includes information on the best professional-quality low-cost software for Linux, with dozens of listings, including where to download and where to find support. Case studies are used to demonstrate ways open source has been successfully deployed by peers.
The Practical Manager's Guide to Open Source presents the pragmatist's viewpoint, and assists technical managers in seriously examining how open source software can have a positive impact on their organizations now.
Reviews and Interviews
Interview with the author on The Intuitive Life Business Blog by Dave Taylor
A Practical Reference for the Open Source Advocate, by Brian Proffit for Linux Planet
How to Get Your Boss to Approve Open Source, by John Terpstra for LXer
The IT Agenda: Required Reading by Jonathan Feldman for Network Computing
Open Source Sesame by Elizabeth Millard for Processor Magazine
Technology: Practical Manager's Guide to Open Source by David Katz for NY Stringer
Benefits, Not Costs, by Don Rosenberg for LinuxWorld Magazine
The Practical Manager's Guide to Open Source, by Roy Hoobler for Success for Tech
Open source: to migrate or not to migrate?, by Christian Einfeldt for Mad Penguin dot org
The Practical Manager's Guide to Open Source, TechBookReport
Readers Preference Reviews, by Harold McFarland
Review: The Practical Manager's Guide to Open Source, by Chris Bergeron at PCBurn
The Practical Manager's Guide to Open Source...A MUST READ, at GeekTimeLinux.com
Excerpt: Deciding when to migrate your servers to Linux, published at NewsForge
About the author
As an open source business analyst, Maria Winslow assists clients in understanding the technical and budgetary impact open source software will have on their computing environments. She is a frequent speaker and writer on the ROI of open source, and is a contributing editor of LinuxWorld Magazine. She can be reached at maria.winslow at windows-linux.com.
Praise for The Practical Manager's Guide to Open Source:
"IT managers about to reach for the aspirin when they try to figure out their open source corporate positionshould grab this book with both hands instead." - Don Rosenberg, author, "Open Source: the Unauthorized Whitepapers"
"The Practical Manager's Guide to Open Source is an accurate description of this easy to read and understand working manual. This book tells you what you need to know about available open source software, with business case studies of successful deployments in corporate and government IT environments. It's an excellent reference guide that I keep on my desk ... dog-eared and underlined." - John Weathersby, Director, The Open Source Software Institute
"Maria Winslow has created an exceptionally usable guidebook for businesses developing an open source strategy. This book will save you a lot of money." - Zak Greant, Community Relations, MySQL