Open sourcing proprietary software - Commercial company perspective

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dc.contributor Aalto-yliopisto fi
dc.contributor Aalto University en
dc.contributor.author Hoffmann, Emilia
dc.date.accessioned 2015-12-16T08:18:05Z
dc.date.available 2015-12-16T08:18:05Z
dc.date.issued 2015
dc.identifier.uri https://aaltodoc.aalto.fi/handle/123456789/19285
dc.description.abstract Commercial companies are getting increasingly more involved in open source, not only by contributing to existing open source projects, but also by initiating their own projects. However, so far there has not been a lot of research about the process of open sourcing, especially in more detail and in the context of commercial companies open sourcing non-revenue generating internal software. This thesis was driven by a global IT company that wanted to understand what kind of value they could gain from open sourcing an internal tool, how they could successfully carry out the open sourcing project, and what kinds of decisions they should make regarding it. In the literature review an existing high-level framework for the open sourcing process was found. This framework was used to further build on by studying seven different dimensions of open sourcing: business model, legality, software, community, infrastructure, process, and marketing. In the empirical part people, who have been highly involved in open sourcing projects of internal software, were interviewed in order to get more insights on the value gained from open sourcing and the decisions made regarding the different open sourcing dimensions. The result of this thesis is providing an understanding for the case company on the potential value they could gain from open sourcing their internal tool, and a detailed recommendation on how they could successfully carry the open sourcing project if they would decide to do it, and what kind of decisions they should make regarding each open sourcing dimension. en
dc.format.extent 112
dc.language.iso en en
dc.title Open sourcing proprietary software - Commercial company perspective en
dc.type G2 Pro gradu, diplomityö fi
dc.contributor.school Kauppakorkeakoulu fi
dc.contributor.school School of Business en
dc.contributor.department Tieto- ja palvelutalouden laitos fi
dc.contributor.department Department of Information and Service Economy en
dc.subject.keyword open sourcing
dc.subject.keyword open source
dc.subject.keyword open sourcing process
dc.identifier.urn URN:NBN:fi:aalto-201512165803
dc.type.dcmitype text en
dc.programme.major MSc program in Information and Service Management en
dc.programme.major MSc program in Information and Service Management fi
dc.type.ontasot Master's thesis en
dc.type.ontasot Pro gradu tutkielma fi
dc.subject.helecon tietojärjestelmät
dc.subject.helecon information systems
dc.subject.helecon tietotekniikka
dc.subject.helecon information technology
dc.subject.helecon ohjelmistot
dc.subject.helecon software
dc.ethesisid 14184
dc.date.dateaccepted 2015-08-31
dc.location P1 I


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