Software Pulse
July 20, 2011

Michael J. SkokOpen Source Drives Software Innovation

The 2011 Future of Open Source Survey revealed insights into the future of open source software. Findings include its impact as a driver in SaaS, Cloud and Big Data solutions. Analysis of the data also reveals a new set of value propositions as well as a warning of a potential trap.

By Michael J. Skok, North Bridge Venture Partners

Open Source has now moved beyond the tipping point it reached last year in the private sector and now is mainstream in businesses of all sizes and even in mission-critical applications. In fact Open Source is clearly playing a central role in the cloud and mobile segments and has become a driver of innovative solutions in new spaces like Big Data.

According to our survey (455 respondents, 40 percent of whom were vendors), people think the number-one impact on vendors will be Software as a Service (SaaS), which has a profound impact on revenue sources and business models.

I see Open Source continuing to be a driver in the build-up of the software stacks that enable SaaS and Cloud-based solutions. SaaS and Cloud together and Open Source will thus become synonymous with each other.

Survey participants identified Mobile as the sector that will be most disrupted by Open Source over the next five years.

To me, what’s most exciting at a macro level is to see that Open Source is shifting from commoditization to innovation. For example, take the Big Data space.


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Making a Successful Software Licensing & Entitlement Management Project a Reality

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Cloud Hosting Reaches an Inflection Point

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Kamesh Pemmaraju discusses what’s driving the trend of traditional server-based hosting models evolving into self-service-based cloud models in this post to the blog, Leaders in the Cloud.

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Quote of the Week

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- Jon Roskill, corporate vice president for partners at Microsoft

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