Open Source – Here to Stay March 9, 2007Posted by Vijay in Brands, Business, Innovation, Internet, Open Source, Software, Trends, Wordpress.
Some time ago, I attended a TiE meeting where some of Silicon Valley’s top VCs participated in a panel discussion. One thing that stands out from that meeting was a comment that said “All companies trying to develop and sell software products in the traditional manner will be wiped out and replaced by Open Source”.
This got me thinking. Six months later, I am convinced that what they are saying is true.
Over the last few months, I have been installing more and more Open Source packages to help us in our business. This includes HR Systems, Resume Management, Knowledge Base. All of them I have found on Open Source. Here are my observations:
1. The very nature of Open Source ensures a better thought out product. People comment on features, beat down on useless software. So if you look properly, you’ll find very good products.
2. I have found installs are much easier and documentation is very good (at least in the ones that I have installed)
3. Extending functionality is easier.
4. You can ask for features that you want and if it makes sense they’ll add it for you.
How do they make money? Typically through support, customization, and consulting.
One of my favorites is WordPress. Really love their famous “Three Minute Install”. Especially like the message that comes up after their installation that says something like “Installation complete. Sorry to disappoint you but thats all there is to it..”
In addition to blogging on WordPress, I use it a lot internally on our Intranet for collaboration, Knowledge sharing, and Knowledge Management.