Open Source & Enterprise Compared have an article by Tim Ward which compares “Enterprise” with “Open Source” (the article does rely on the reader accepting that the two are mutually exclusive concepts). ¬†Some of the arguments against open source seem a little dated (for example, I don’t recall needing to update most open source apps via SVN for quite a few years) but Tim attempts to be as open minded as his position as the representative of a proprietary vendor will allow:

So after all of this, who stands as the winner? Open Source, or Enterprise? The answer is both. There is a time and place for each. A common theme that you can get out of this article is that cost should be the last thing on your mind when trying to find the right CMS.¬† Free is a bonus, but not a decision maker. I work with a lot of web agencies as a consultant and the question of which CMS to go with will always arise. There is a simple answer to the question of choosing a CMS. Find the best tool for the job, if it is within budget, great, if it is not, push for a bigger budget highlighting the ROI that would be expected with an early investment. These could be in the shape of less developer cost, less maintenance cost, less configuration and hosting cost, less stress.” [Read More]

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