The Linux Foundation's open source strategic consulting services include:

Open Source Strategy ConsultingLicense and IP Strategy

Analysis of technology and IP portfolios, including both open source and proprietary software, to harmonize licensing choices and compliance requirements with system architecture and commercial goals. This practice benefits organizations in-licensing OSS for integration into existing software portfolios, and out-licensing new or existing code as open source as new projects or contributions to existing ones.

Product and Technology Strategy

Applying open source industry best practices to creating innovative products and services built with, on, and for open source software, and creation of business models for monetizing and scaling revenues from OSS-based offerings. This practice benefits independent software suppliers, SaaS vendors, device manufacturers, and services companies.

Community, Ecosystem, and Channel Development

Launching and nurturing open source communities and ecosystems, strategy, and interaction model to derive maximum benefit from community and commercial participants, effectively managing community interests, and developing, supporting, and monetizing open source technologies. This practice helps organizations commercializing open source through community and ecosystem participation.

Go-to-Market Strategy

Delivering a unique value proposition to the right target market through market and customer segmentation, product and services portfolio definition, pricing and revenue modeling, and tuning promotional vehicles to reach developer and user communities. This practice entails a "6Ms" analysis of open source technologies and the ecosystems they spawn and serve.

Legacy Migration Strategy

Review and analysis of legacy/proprietary software portfolios and creation of strategies and financial models for replacing select applications, tools, and software stacks with open source alternatives, with accompanying integration and support models for maximizing ROI. This practice serves technology companies and end-user organizations alike by paving the way to increased open source adoption and utilization.

Due Diligence Support

Our experts provide the responsiveness, speed, and discretion required to help you reduce business risk, meet deadlines, and keep merger and acquisition (M&A) deals moving. This practice helps organizations of all kinds understand the results of open source license audits and plan to meet short- and long-term compliance challenges.


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