The Tidelift Guide to Managing Open Source

The best way to get the most of open source? Ensure the organization has a comprehensive strategy for managing open source in place.

In this guide, you will learn:

  • Why open source software is the modern application development platform, and why developers love open source software.
  • The areas in which unmanaged open source drains productivity and increases risk.
  • How to understand, design, build, and transform your organization's approach to managing open source components.

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The 2022 Open Source Software Supply Chain Survey Report

In this year’s survey, we learned how current events like the SolarWinds and Log4Shell software supply chain exploits and new government initiatives like the White House executive order on improving the nation’s cybersecurity are changing the way organizations manage open source.

We explored the most urgent challenges development teams face when building applications with open source. We collected data regarding how confident technologists are in their organizations’ current open source management practices, and in the open source components and languages they use more generally. Finally, we dove deep into several open source management best practices, including the use of software bills of materials (SBOMs) and repositories of approved open source components.

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Log4Shell, Open Source Maintenance, And Why SBOMs Are Critical Now

Tidelift CEO and co-founder Donald Fischer and guest speaker Forrester Principal Analyst Sandy Carielli discussed some of the key lessons organizations can learn from Log4Shell along with some critical recommendations organizations can use to prepare for handling similar issues down the road.

Sandy and Donald talked about how enterprise organizations should:

  • Use software bills of materials to better understand and manage their open source software supply chain.
  • Enhance their visibility of the open source components being used and the associated transitive dependencies.
  • Focus on proactive open source maintenance and how to better prepare their teams to quickly mitigate the risk of future vulnerabilities.
  • Consider the role open source maintainers play in risk planning and mitigation.

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Panasonic UAS Drone Draft

Unmanned Aerial Systems (UASs) and robots are frequently deployed by military to improve situational awareness, perform recon, and even to deploy emergency rations, ammunitions, or other payloads. A critical part of every military UAS and robot system is the ground-based controller – handheld or laptop-based – that guides devices to where they need to be; collects video, thermal, audio, or other information; and safely returns when their mission has been completed.

This paper examines what goes into a successful UAS deployment, with a particular focus on the considerations for choosing the mobile device at the heart of each controller. It also includes a real-world case study demonstrating the importance of choosing the right mobile device for the job.

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CIO Challenges: EA Disconnected from Business Stakeholders

What are the main concerns facing Chief Information Officers today? Orbus Software have identified 8 major issues that every enterprise is likely to struggle with when it comes to meeting the demands of the digital age.

Across the series of CIO Challenges Orbus have released thus far, a common thread has been the importance of Enterprise Architecture (EA) for the management and organization of IT. However, simply starting an EA team or expanding an existing one is not an instant panacea, as the contribution of EA can often be hampered by a lack of communication & cooperation between EA and other parts of the business.

In this eBook, we’ll discuss how disconnected teams can harm transformation efforts, and how the right setup for EA can deliver successful business outcomes.

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TOGAF 9.2 in Pictures

The ADM is an iterative process used to understand existing architectures and work out the best way to change and improve them.

Never used without some adaptation, the ADM is more like a cookbook of recommendations, ideas and checklists than a set way of doing things.

Think of it in three chunks and bear in mind that in a large enterprise, there may be quite a few projects all using different phases of the ADM.

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The Guide to Business Capability Modeling

Business Capability Modeling (or Mapping) is the act of breaking down an organization’s activities into a set of capabilities, which together represent everything the business can do.

In order to understand how a business needs to change, it needs to understand itself. In modern enterprises, with thousands of employees, hundreds of locations and dozens of functions, this is no simple task. Business Capability Modeling transforms the organization into an easily understood set of capabilities, which represent all the different things a business does. This can be used as the basis to understand how people, processes, information & technology support the business.

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Five Steps to Designing a Fully Optimized Enterprise Architecture

The enterprise architect must, despite all the technical complexities and challenges, remain outcome focused; rarely are stakeholders interested in the science behind the processes, but rather they are happy to trust their experts. It is simply the results that matter. This requires measurable deliverables and milestones that tangibly demonstrate our progress in an easily digestible format. Working in iterations architects can develop and target a set of goals, tied to key business outcomes.

Throughout the evolution of your EA practice, keep in mind it is a journey and not a destination. By making use of a maturity model, you drill deeper into each iterative step, understanding what it looks like and how to move towards fully optimized enterprise architecture. The Orbus Software Enterprise Architecture Maturity Assessment demonstrates where your organization currently sits, and provides a platform for you to benchmark against competitors, and industry standards. You are able to use the assessment as a way to develop your EA practice to meet the demands of the digital age.

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Financial Services: Rapid Adaptation to the Unforeseen Requires Enterprise Architecture

At this point, it almost goes without saying that the global pandemic completely upended the idea that companies could be prepared for anything. No amount of 5 year plans or cautious growth can help when your whole business is forced to close or all your workers stay at home. Organizations that survived and even thrived were those that were able to adapt their business models along with the supporting technology. The only preparation that proved valuable was being prepared to move quickly.

Adaptability is an easy gospel to preach for nimble startups and agile tech firms, but for banks and financial services companies you might as well start speaking Hungarian. Even if institutions can get a grip on the blockchain or can define DeFi, there are still huge regulatory barriers to everything a company tries to do.

This eBook will look at 4 major challenges facing financial services firms in the near future, and the potential solutions that can be delivered.

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CIO Challenges Mounting Technical Debt with an Unclear Roadmap

What are the main concerns facing Chief Information Officers today? Orbus Software have identified 8 major issues that every enterprise is likely to struggle with when it comes to meeting the demands of the digital age.

The concept of technical debt has been well understood in software development for decades, but it applies just as well to a firm’s overall technology infrastructure. Enterprises will often maintain legacy systems well beyond their useful life, or cut corners to meet project deadlines and then fail to adjust or update the technology workarounds used. As these old and low quality systems proliferate, costs rise and it becomes increasingly difficult to enact changes.

This eBook will look at how technical debt will mount for businesses and the difficulties of addressing this problem without a clear and sensible roadmap.

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CIO Challenges Architects Constrained by Existing Tools

What are the main concerns facing Chief Information Officers today? Orbus Software have identified 8 major issues that every enterprise is likely to struggle with when it comes to meeting the demands of the digital age.

The role of enterprise architecture is broad and has the potential to touch upon nearly every part of an organization. However, EA teams can fail to meet their potential due to being constrained by the tools they use, unable to access key information or deliver informative reports.

In this eBook, we’ll look at how the tools available to architects can prevent enterprise architecture from fulfilling expectations, and how the right capabilities can unlock their full potential.

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Ten Steps For Preparing a TOGAF Project

A large number of enterprise architecture (EA) projects fail to realize their initial goals, despite the use of good architecture frameworks and methods. TOGAF is one of the most widely used EA frameworks and is trusted by hundreds of large organizations, but by itself does not guarantee success. Effective preparation can make all the difference.

This poster will go through 10 steps that an enterprise architecture team should take priority to embark on a TOGAF project. Embracing these steps can deliver better comprehension of initiatives, full stakeholder buy-in, and an understanding of the position of an EA project relative to the wider organization and industry.

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  • The essential knowledge necessary for starting a project
  • Why alignment might be the most important aspect for success
  • How to achieve sustainability in an EA team

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The Definitive Enterprise Architecture Blueprint

As we approach a new decade, rapid technical changes and advances present a raft of new challenges for business leaders. For CIOs in particular, the stakes have never been so high; a plethora of new opportunity abounds, but get the dynamic between business and IT wrong, and the company will become fragmented, its tools and process unwieldy and impossible to manage.

An enterprise architecture practice makes it possible to model the entire organization and make informed strategic decisions. From here solutions across the business can be derived with a full understanding of their implications, and an effective realtime analysis of their success.

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CIO Challenges: Mounting Technical Debt with an Unclear Roadmap

The concept of technical debt has been well understood in software development for decades, but it applies just as well to a firm’s overall technology infrastructure. Enterprises will often maintain legacy systems well beyond their useful life, or cut corners to meet project deadlines and then fail to adjust or update the technology workarounds used. As these old and low quality systems proliferate, costs rise and it becomes increasingly difficult to enact changes.

This eBook will look at how technical debt will mount for businesses and the difficulties of addressing this problem without a clear and sensible roadmap.

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