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February 11 2010Posted by: Mark Fidelman

Open Source Alternatives – An Enterprise Decision Makers Guide

The Open Source vs. Proprietary competitive landscape is constantly changing and current information is hard to come by.  We decided to create this matrix for those looking for an open source alternative to proprietary solutions. So to try and help, we have looked at search data from Google which produced some surprising results. Our Methodology to Determine Popularity  We used a number of tools from Google to determine popularity of the ...
December 28 2009Posted by: Mark Fidelman

Debunking the Debunkers: Open Source Myths

All societies and businesses that have survived longer than a few decades have created folklore, stories, and myths.  As the culture evolves, these myths tend to get embellished and enlarged.  So it is with Open Source.  I read a recent New York Times article about open source to be full of errors, perpetuated myths, and just plain wrong.  “But like most open-source companies, MySQL’s sales, tied to support deals, never ...
December 2 2009Posted by: Mark Fidelman

What is Asana.com and Will it Change the Way We Work? Part I

   Asana, is a workplace productivity startup co-founded by Dustin Moskovitz, a co-founder of Facebook.  After paying just $9000 for the Asana.com URL in June 2009, the company has raised $9m in venture funding to expand their business.  The founders are predicting we’ll be working in a much more transparent and efficient way if they have anything to do with it.   Earlier this week, former Facebook alum and now ...
September 20 2009Posted by: Mark Fidelman

Where are Asia’s Open Source Companies?

Image by ♥ China ♥ guccio via Flickr   Asia produces some of the brightest minds in software programming and science yet does not appear to have originated any sustainable open source companies.  By definition I mean companies based in Asia that originate or control open source software.   My friends joke that all of Asia is open source, but that is a topic for another day.   NOTE: Some of the giant US ...
September 13 2009Posted by: Mark Fidelman

Still Some Ripples in Google Wave Beta

Image by marketingfacts via Flickr As part of a MeetUp this week, Gina Trapani founder of LifeHacker gave us an update on the status of Google Wave.   Since another 100,000 people are to be given access to the Beta in a few weeks I was extremely interested in the update.    Here’s my take: Despite Google’s recent announcement on Wave, I do not believe Wave is ready for it’s 100,000 customer preview on September ...
September 4 2009Posted by: Mark Fidelman

Is this Formula the Secret of Enterprise Open Source Success?

I recently published an article about Enterprise open source strategy and how using a best in class formula will help open source companies obtain better revenue results.  So far we have interviewed 16 leading open source executives (with many more planned) and found a best in class success formula emerge.  The entire formula and ensuing discussion can be found using the link in the first paragraph.  But in short here it is: What we ...
June 12 2009Posted by: Mark Fidelman

The Future of Open Source Companies

I just read a great article on the Economist titled “Born Free” which discusses how Open Source companies are still growing despite the recession. “Budgets are tight and we think that is good for open source,” said Jim Whitehurst, Red Hat’s boss. I have to agree, the low price point of the typical open source solution combined with most if not all of the functionality makes open source compelling. The issue still remains however of the ...