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The 451 Group Introduces the 451 Commercial Adoption of Open Source (CAOS) Research Service.

NEW YORK -- New Analytical Service Helps Enterprise End Users, Software Vendors and Investors Navigate Through the Uncertainty Related to Commercial Open Source Software

The 451 Group, a New York-based technology-industry analyst company focused on the business of enterprise IT innovation, is introducing a first-of-its-kind service that investigates both user experiences and vendor strategies as enterprise customers begin to deploy open source software. This new analytical service - the 451 Commercial Adoption of Open Source (CAOS) Research Service - was designed to help enterprise end users, software vendors and investors track and understand the opportunities and threats presented by open source.

"The growth of open source software in the enterprise IT arena is changing the way that vendors, end users and investors do business, bringing both opportunities and challenges along with it," said Raven Zachary, Senior Analyst and Practice Head for Open Source at The 451 Group. "451 analysts have been following open source for more than five years, and with the 451 CAOS Research Service we are setting out to assist software vendors and end users so that they can navigate through the uncertainty and move toward successful deployments."

The 451 CAOS Research Service delivers frontline intelligence on customer adoption issues and market dynamics, including budgeting, approval, organizational challenges, technical concerns, implementation lifecycle and vendor support. It offers analysis of the open source technology providers, their business models and their competitive positioning at various levels. It also provides in-depth case studies of the challenges and opportunities faced by early adopters across various levels of the software stack.

The 451 CAOS Research Service includes:

--Six comprehensive 451 CAOS Reports published each year - each one examining a different issue and offering insight into user and vendor experiences - providing in-depth case studies and competitive assessments

--A biweekly update of analysis and marketplace activity affecting the commercial adoption of open source, including exclusive insight directly from Raven Zachary

--Ad hoc interaction with Raven Zachary and other 451 analysts for sharing information and ideas, as well as discussing important issues facing the open source community

--Insight directly from the 451 CAOS Community - an insider group of early adopters who deliver direction to the entire software industry by participating in ongoing 451 research

--Direct access to The 451 Group's free blog for the enterprise open source community - 451 CAOS Theory - which can be found at:

The first report of the 451 CAOS Research Service, "Stack and Deliver: An analysis of open source stack providers, with recommendations for vendors and their customers," is now available. It discusses the open source stack provider market and examines its relative value. It also explores the relationships that exist between stack providers, open source software vendors, systems integrators and end users, answering the question, "Is there truly a demand for a 'single throat to choke' in the market?"

About The 451 Group

The 451 Group is an independent technology-industry analyst company focused on the business of enterprise IT innovation. The company's analysts provide critical and timely insight into the market and competitive dynamics of innovation in emerging technology segments. Clients of the company - at vendor, investor, service-provider and end-user organizations - rely on 451 insight to support both strategic and tactical decision-making for competitive advantage.

The 451 Group is headquartered in New York, with offices in key locations, including San Francisco, London and Boston. The company also operates Tier 1 Research - an independent division of The 451 Group, headquartered in Minneapolis - which analyzes the financial and industry implications of developments impacting public and private companies within the IT, communications and Internet sectors.

For additional information on The 451 Group or to apply for trial access to its services, go to:
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