Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Experts contradict on open source

The use of open source software will become a key enabler for software-as-a-service (SaaS) platform adoption, says Gartner. However, software developers at the IQ Business Group (IQBG) say there is no such thing as a free lunch.

A new Gartner report enthuses that 90% of SaaS providers will have some open source component in their technology infrastructure stacks (that is, operating system, application server and database) by 2010 to reduce software acquisition expenses.

The research firm adds that user communities are expanding around application-platform-as-a-service providers and will leverage open source practices for sharing software applications.

"As the community of SaaS users increases, along with the emergence of associated application-platform-as-a-service providers' open source-type practices, application exchange will continue to grow," says Gartner VP and analyst Robert DeSisto.

"Community capabilities, such as voting and validation of those useful applications versus ones that are not, will help self-police these emerging communities. The more SaaS vendors use open source in the technology stack, the lower their software acquisition cost becomes,” DeSisto adds.

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4 comments:

friarminor said...

Hello!

Open source technology gives SaaS companies like Morph eXchange the ability to tell its customers that their platform is free from lock-in, too. This is a big advantage when we speak of developers and ISVs who want not just cutting-edge tech and support but the freedom from being tied in to a miserable service in case they plan to move out.

Best.
alain

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