Fidelity Investments Inc., sees the benefit of Open Source through Firefox

Is upper management finally seeing what most of us knew ages ago? This is good news.

Open source software got an enterprise shot in the arm recently when Fidelity Investments Inc. created a policy and governance structure that gives open source and proprietary products equal consideration in buying decisions.

Fidelity has more than a dozen open source packages in production and is willing to evaluate open source options in almost any application, according to Charles Pickelhaupt, a vice president in Fidelity’s Center for Applied Technology. A new review board has been set up to weigh licensing options, which are one of Fidelity’s biggest open source concerns.

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