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Keensight Capital, one of the leading players in European Growth Equity, is becoming the majority shareholder of Smile, the first expert in Europe for open source solutions, alongside its management and its historic investor, Edmond de Rothschild Investment Partners (with Cabestan Capital Fund), who also participated in this transaction. >>

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Guide to open source

Guide to open source

By Grégory Bécue – Consultant expert
285 pages – PDF – 8Mo

Smile analyses the best open source solutions in a unique guide listing 40 areas of application such as business intelligence, CMS, portals, e-commerce, document management systems or infrastructure. This new white paper presents more than 150 products which have been assessed and 300 referenced in order to help decision makers to choose the appropriate leading solution.
Smile has appealed to more than 30 specialists, the best technical, functional and business experts in the field. In 260 pages, 150 solutions are concisely presented and assessed base on six particular criteria. The solutions are divided in 3 dimensions:

  • Infrastructure:firewalls, supervision, HTTP accelerators, remote computer controls…
  • Development and intermediate layers:corporate directories, databases, ESBs, web development frameworks and libraries, load testing tools…
  • Applications:CRMs, business intelligence tools, CMSs, ECM tools, portals, e-commerce solutions…

To share our expertise with you, Smile offers you this white paper that you can download free here.

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Guide to open source

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The studies agree: open source solutions are used by the majority of companies, both large and small, whether or not it was a conscious decision. This comes as no surprise given the rich and varied range of open source solutions available today.

Smile has been regularly publishing white papers presenting the extraordinary depth of these solutions since 2004: content management in 2004, portals in 2005, business intelligence in 2006, virtualisation in 2007, electronic document management and ERPs in 2008, open source VPNs and firewalls in 2009, e-commerce and corporate social networks in 2010, and so on.

A total of 22 documents have thus been produced and are available for free to download. Each text presents a selection of the best open source solutions for the domain in question, outlining their respective strengths and providing feedback on real life experiences in using these tools.

Yet one thing was missing: a central repository containing the best open source solutions on the market, which could be used to guide and orientate decision makers toward benchmark solutions. We have received many requests for such a guide, particularly from IT Departments.

The gap has now been filled with this white paper, which presents more than 170 products in 40 enterprise software domains. All product types are included, or nearly all - this paper does not, for example, look at workstation or “office automation” applications like Firefox, Gimp and LibreOffice - with a summary presentation (creation date, licensing, technologies, etc.) and an assessment of each based on six standard criteria. This document was developed by more than 30 of our top technical, functional and business specialists. We hope that this white paper will be of use to you.

Before launching into the following 200+ pages, we recommend you read through the next section, which describes our analytical methodology and lists our suggestions for deriving maximum value from the guide.

Enjoy!

  1. PRÉAMBULE
    1. SMILE
    2. THIS WHITE PAPER
    3. CONTENTS
  2. ANALYTICAL METHODOLOGY
    1. PRESENTATION
    2. HOW TO GET THE MOST FROM THIS GUIDE
  3. BEST OPEN SOURCE SOLUTIONS
    1. INFRASTRUCTURE DIMENSION
      1. REMOTE COMPUTER CONTROL
      2. IT ASSET AND INVENTORY MANAGEMENT
      3. ROLL-OUT AND BACK-UPS
      4. HIGH AVAILABILITY
      5. SECURITY
      6. VPNS
      7. FIREWALLS
      8. SUPERVISION AND METRICS
      9. LINUX & BSD OPERATING SYSTEMS
      10. VIRTUALISATION
      11. VOIP / TELEPHONY
      12. MESSAGING, EMAIL MARKETING & GROUPWARE
      13. HTTP ACCELERATORS
      14. OTHER
    2. DEVELOPMENT AND INTERMEDIATE LAYERS DIMENSION
      1. CORPORATE DIRECTORIES
      2. DATABASES   
      3. BPM / WORKFLOW
      4. DEVELOPMENT TOOLS
      5. TESTING & CONTINUOUS INTEGRATION
      6. ESBS   
      7. WEB DEVELOPMENT FRAMEWORKS AND LIBRARIES
      8. CROSS-PLATFORM MOBILE FRAMEWORKS
      9. PKIS   
      10. IDENTITY AUTHENTICATION, FEDERATION AND MANAGEMENT
      11. LOAD TESTING TOOLS
      12. SEARCH ENGINES
      13. HTTP AND APPLICATION SERVERS
      14. MOM & EAI
      15. OTHER   
    3. APPLICATIONS DIMENSION
      1. CRMS
      2. BUSINESS INTELLIGENCE: ETLS
      3. BUSINESS INTELLIGENCE: REPORTING
      4. BUSINESS INTELLIGENCE: SUITES
      5. E-COMMERCE
      6. ERPS   
      7. CMSS   
      8. EDM & ECM
      9. LIBRARIES & DOCUMENTATION
      10. PORTALS   
      11. CORPORATE SOCIAL NETWORKS (CSNS)
      12. BLOGS, WIKIS AND FORUMS
      13. E-LEARNING
      14. VISITOR TRACKING
      15. OTHER   
  4. CONCLUSION
  5. ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
  6. INDEX OF SOLUTIONS

« As can be seen throughout this paper, the range of open source solutions is particularly vast, with products of very high quality boasting some of the best technical and functional bases on the software market today. As a result, opting for open source is no longer so much a question but rather a “no-brainer” for most companies. 

All the studies have confirmed it: open source is everywhere in companies. In 2009, a Gartner study estimated that 85% of companies were using open source solutions, and this percentage is undoubtedly even higher now in 2012. »

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