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Emerging Opportunities in Open Source Technologies

04/16/05 | by JAdP | Categories: Business Life, Open Source

Clarise and I had the opportunity to attend The Leadership Forum and University of California Club of Santa Clara County (a Cal Alumni Association Chartered Club) presenting an evening seminar: "Emerging Opportunities in Open Source Technologies"

Moderator: Raj Rao, Former VP Program Management & Operations,
Peoplesoft (Former Sr. VP Product Management &
Marketing, BroadVision)
Speakers: Bernard Golden, CEO, Navica
Mark Towfig, VP Engineering, NexTag
Date: Wednesday April 13, 2005

The perspective demonstrated by Mark Towfig on his company's use of open source struck a chord with me. It was very reminiscent of the corporate attitude that has IT departments build all their software rather than buy packages. Like a Fortune 500 company for which we did a data warehouse in 1999 building a large, unwiedly and unworkable inventory management and order fulfillment tool using Pick Basic and a Universe database in 1998, when Dr. Pick died in 1985.

It seems there are now three types of IT corporate cultures, build, buy or modify Open Source. I pointed this out during the first speaker's [Bernard Golden] talk. Oddly enough, Towfig had that statement on a slide as the new choices facing companies. But he didn't recognize it as a corporate culture, until I asked the question. It's a new thought.

Are there now three types of IT cultures? Is modification of open source projects becoming an established way of doing business, right up there with build and buy. The other choice, outsource or "offsource" was never mentioned. But it some ways, that is a separate decision. Software as a Service versus buying software licenses is also a separate decision.

Overall, the speakers were interesting. The subject certainly is. Unfortunately, the discussion during the presentations was so engaging that the panel discussion was canned. That's a shame. I had several questions that I was saving up. But I'll blog about those another time.

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