Collaborative Software Initiative (CSI) was founded in 2007 by Stuart Cohen, a veteran IT executive and former chief executive officer at the Open Source Development Labs. Cohen has partnered with Evan Bauer, financial services industry veteran and former chief technology officer at Credit Suisse, to bring together like-minded companies to build software applications at half the cost of outsourcing. CSI introduces a market-changing process that applies open source methodologies to building Collaborative Software - software developed or acquired by a variety of companies at a fraction of internal developer or outsourcing costs.
CSI engages the power of community to build project teams and provides the central project management function for developing Collaborative Software, including development, testing and support for the code. The CSI also offers the software to a broader base of customers under the open source licensing or Software as a Service (Saas) models.
For applications that don't enable competitive advantage or are associated with non-value added activities such as compliance, Collaborative Software allows business managers to maintain individual control and direction over a project while accelerating compliance, reducing costs and consolidating project timelines. CSI delivers on this new promise of Collaborative Software - on time and on budget.