Category Archives: Open Business Models

Notes from the Open Source Analysts Summit 2010

Having had the chance to chair the Open Source Analysts session at the Open World Forum I want to share here some takeaways. Matthew Aslett, senior analyst at the 451 group, opened the session anticipating some results from the upcoming revision of the “Open Source is NOT a business model” report, due between the end of October and the beginning of November. Continue reading

OWF Open Source Barometer 2010 is coming…

Next week at the Open World Forum on the 30 September will take place the “Open Analysts summit: The 2010 barometer of Open Source“, a session bringing together leading open source analysts Matthew Aslett, Jeffrey Hammond and Mathieu Poujol.

To promote the event I created my first animoto video, feedback and suggestions are welcome!

The event is by invitation only, but you can request an invitation when registering to attend the Open World Forum.

Open Innovation Awards 2010: List of Finalists

The Jury of the Open Innovation Awards 2010 – the international competition for Open Source projects being organized as part of the Open World Forum in Paris on 1 October 2010 – has published the list of finalists.

The award is organized by the Open World Forum with operational support being provided by the GT Logiciel Libre (free software) of the Systematic competitiveness cluster. The full list of the nominated companies and jury’s members are reported below.

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Open to the core – The pragmatic freedom

open coreEveryone seems to have an opinion on the open core debate, and a popular opinion seems to inflict some sort of excommunication to anyone having a less than pure open source monetization process. Therefore I thought that I would add some unsolicited input to this matter.

Now, what is a pure open source monetization process? Continue reading

Open Core is not a Business Model

Apple core duoOpen Core is the New Dual Licensing Model” is the last of a chain of interesting posts against or in favor of open core, coming from different realm of experience: the analyst guy Stephen O’Grady, the free software evangelist Simon Phipps, the hacker Brian Aker and last but not least the entrepreneur Mårten Mickos.

Let’s dig now deeper into what is open core to business, and why it is not a business model. Continue reading

Oracle: Open Source’s Friend or Foe?

Jeremy Allison of the Samba fame wrote an interesting blog post about Sun’s approach to open source participatory development, followed by Bradley Kuhn‘s bad opinion of Oracle’s attitude towards open source.

Oracle’s plans for open source are probably not detailed enough to score, but looking at history is always instructive.

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Diffusion of Open Source Innovation

Dana Blankenhorn‘s blog post “Open Source still not the first option” says that established markets are the natural fit for open source, while new markets are usually served by proprietary solutions first.

Low-end market disruption – actually occurring when technology advances faster than customers’ needs (e.g. MySQL vs Oracle, Alfresco vs Filenet) – happens in the first stages of maturity in open source adoption, while sustaining innovation probably happens at a later stage.

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Open Mobility USA 2010: Open Source Workshop, by Stephen Walli

Stephen Walli will held the “Commercial Open Source at Work” workshop at the next Open Mobility, in March in San Francisco. The workshop is part of a joint collaboration between Stephen and myself, of which I am proud and glad.

Below the workshop summary, if you plan to go you better know early bid discount expires in 14 days.

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About Open Source Value Creation and Consumption

The relationship between open source communities and vendors keeps being a topic of debate these days. Simon Phipps at the South Tyrol Free Software Conference gave a talk about his “software freedom scorecard“, a method to indicate the approach vendors take to promote software freedom as part of their business strategies.

Matt Asay says we have to get used to companies separating their open-source efforts from their revenue models. We may be talking of  ”fauxpen source” vendors in this case – as originally named by Taurus Balog –  but it doesn’t necessarily cut open development out of the equation.

I want to make my point by having a look at how differently two companies have been building a business strategy around Apache projects. Continue reading