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Think high-priced commercial software is your only option? Don't be so sure. Free alternatives are available in a wide range of enterprise software categories, including some that may surprise you.

A buyer's guide to open source  
Open source provides low-cost, community-supported alternatives to commercial enterprise apps 

Open source business intelligence  
Low-cost alternatives to costly reporting tools will arrive soon 

Open source business process management  
Orchestrating SOA is a heady task, but new projects are stepping up to the plate 

Open source content management  
The hardest part of choosing a CMS solution is narrowing down the choices 

Open source CRM  
Manage sales and customer relationships without spending a fortune on software 

Open source ERP  
The features of free ERP packages vary widely, but some gems can be found 

Open source enterprise service bus  
Middleware options proliferate, but jumping ship from commercial vendors may be premature 

Open source identity  
Free tools can give developers a head start on advanced security infrastructure 

Open source directory  
LDAP servers move closer to becoming commodity items 

Open source portals  
Competition in the open source Java portal space heats up 

Open source point of sale  
Free commerce terminals lend flexibility to businesses of all sizes 

Open source RFID  
Free tag and EPC data management software is in its infancy, but looks promising 

Open source VoIP/Telephony  
Options abound for PBX applications and interactive voice response 

Open source licensing offers many choices  
Before you use that code, make sure you understand its terms 


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