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Google Hopes Open Source Will Give Its Cloud a Path to the Enterprise (techcrunch.com)
9 points by Ricker on Aug 28, 2015 | hide | past | web | favorite | 2 comments

I work for a large, "enterprisey" corporation. Three years ago, I had a the company's chief architect explain that we had a policy prohibiting any use of open source software because it had "too much legal risk" for a large company. (He apparently had no idea what was actually used.)

That individual is no longer with the company. This year I have heard senior executives say that EVERY piece of software we use should be open source, unless there is a good reason not to. (They are even trying to figure out how to contribute back to open source, although in my opinion they have a lot to learn.)

It is anecdotal, but from this (and other examples) I think Google may be right about this. Open source was once the kiss of death for "enterprise", but now it is (rightfully) considered an advantage.

Nope. Our executives and risk management group are very much against open source. We have to jump through hoops to use any open source software. Never mind that 90% of all vendor solutions use open source. Sigh.

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