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Open Source and Linux, IT Services Software Evaluation Report

The model of IT services for Free and Open Source software (FOSS) helps identify the characteristics clients require from consultants, integrators, resellers, etc. to develop, support, migrate, and implement enterprise solutions or services that are based on, or are themselves, FOSS. In addition, it supports standard criteria important to enterprise Linux rollouts or migrations. 

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The Gain and Pain of Global Retail Sourcing


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Reporting Value of IT Services with Balanced Scorecards


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Peace of Mind through Surveillance: Affordable Solutions for Homes and SMBs


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