Software Pulse

Business Strategy for Software Executives

December 1, 2008

Emma McGrattan

Moving from Closed to Open

Here’s the story of how Ingres transitioned its product to an open source success.

By Emma McGrattan, SVP Engineering, Ingres

Open source projects typically start life in one of two ways. They can be born of the open source development community and grow organically in open source. Examples of this include Apache Tomcat, PostgreSQL, and Linux. Or they can start life as a closed source product that is contributed to the open source community at some point during its life cycle, such as Eclipse, Apache Derby, and Ingres.

The story of how Ingres prepared for its contribution to the open source community, tells one company’s successful process and touches on some of the lessons learned along the way.


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The Messaging Mess

Michael CannonBillions are wasted every year by companies mistaking marketing messages for sales messages. Fixing the problem can result in significant marketing savings and increased sales. Michael Cannon of the Silver Bullet Group explains the opportunity in this post to the Blog on Software Sales.

Saas Improves the Budgeting Process

Gary Damiano Can SaaS keep your budget and planning processes from becoming victims of the economy? Because SaaS was designed for tough economic times like today’s, Gary Damiano of Host Analytics says SaaS might be just the thing to help companies better manage themselves through the downturn. Read more in this post to the Blog on SaaS.

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DON’T MISS: Assessing Innovation Metrics

The results of a new McKinsey Global Survey show that many companies think they are doing a good job of measuring innovation when in fact there is significant room for improvement. Read why in this feature from The McKinsey Quarterly.

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Parting Thought

“Not everything that is faced can be changed. But nothing can be changed until it is faced.”
— James Baldwin

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