REDWOOD CITY, Calif., April 22, 2010 -- Funambol, the leading provider of open source mobile cloud sync and push email software for billions of devices, today announced that it received high grades in SOS Open Source, a methodology created by open source strategist Roberto Galoppini to evaluate and select open source software. SOS Open Source provides organizations with a clear methodology for determining the level of risk of using specific open source software, based on factors such as community and ease of code contributions. The analysis rates each open source candidate based on strength (stable, mature and backed by a viable community), level of support (by a community or vendors) and potential for evolution (e.g. code quality).
"We are very pleased that Funambol rated highly according to the Galoppini SOS open source evaluation," said Stefano Maffulli, Funambol Community Manager. "This is an indication of the tremendous value provided by our global mobile developer community."
"Most open source assessment methods take too long and lack objective metrics, and are not that useful for determining the risk of building solutions based on specific open source software," said Roberto Galoppini, Open Source Strategist. "The SOS methodology uses automation to provide a pragmatic, quick and easy way to assess open source software with confidence."
To view a SlideShare about the SOS methodology and Funambol's rating, please visit http://www.slideshare.net/galoppini/open-source-selection. You can also read more about Roberto Galoppini's open source software selection methodology at http://sosopensource.com/.
SOS Open Source is an automated methodology to assess open source projects. It gathers data from directories, forges and meta-forges, and creates comprehensive information, intuitive metrics, and content-specific heuristics to decide which is the most trustworthy source of information. For more information, visit http://sosopensource.com/.
A computer industry insider of 17 years, Roberto Galoppini has worked in hands-on roles as programmer and systems analyst as well as founder of an open source firm in 2001, and founder of one of the first open source consortiums in 2004. Since 2005, Roberto has helped companies to design and implement open source strategies, both at a business and technical level, including creating or joining communities. He takes an active interest in several free/open source software organisations, including serving on advisory boards. He writes almost daily about open source business at his commercial open source blog: http://robertogaloppini.net.
Funambol is the leading provider of mobile open source cloud sync and push email for billions of phones. Funambol open source software has been downloaded over three million times by 50,000 developers in 200 countries. The commercial version of Funambol has been deployed by the largest device manufacturers, mobile operators, portals, service providers and ISVs in the world, including AOL, 1&1, EarthLink and CA, Inc. Funambol is headquartered in Redwood City, California with R&D in Europe. For more information, please visit http://www.funambol.com. You can also follow Funambol on Twitter at http://twitter.com/funambol.
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