644MKT Raising a Question: Is Open Source Killing The Goose That Lays Golden Eggs?
Author: Bruce Guptill
Saugatuck has reported on the significant change and growth in the adoption of open source software by users and by software vendors (please see Strategic Research Report SSR-540, “Power, Speed and Assimilation: Open Source Changes the Industry, and the Industry Changes Open Source,” published 18 Dec. 2008). We see open source as a key phenomenon driving some of the most significant changes in IT today, both within and beyond traditional software.
But among those changes, we see what could be the beginnings of an end for open source’s “big three” adoption factors of cost savings, technology/vendor independence, and standardization. This Strategic Perspective raises and addresses what we see as key questions arising from the rapid growth and hype surrounding open source software in today’s business IT marketplace.