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Anthony Gold

Nice post on predictions and the open source world. From one who works closely with the analyst community, your message resonates well. Perhaps one other point worth mentioning when predicting the success of a new open source product is the value it creates in the user community. One could argue that Market Demand (or Product Design – meeting functional needs) captures this value creation, but in some cases they may not. For instance, a large number of open source projects enable legacy applications to be rebuilt (or services wrapped) to create much greater flexibility (easier to add new features, greater ability to mine silo’ed legacy data for more effective cross-selling, etc.) plus a lower cost of support (licensing/support fees). So, whereas the functional needs being met are certainly a given, Value Creation is another factor to consider when assessing potential success.

Anthony Gold, Unisys Corporation

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