Software Pulse

Business Strategy for Software Executives

January 5, 2009

Roger Burkhardt

Seven Predictions for Open Source in 2009

The economic downturn and the move toward alternative software models will combine to push the open source market forward this year.

By Roger Burkhardt, Ingres

2008 was an eventful, breakthrough year for many open source companies, and 2009 will be even more so, especially in terms of business purchasing patterns, software business model shifts, and enterprise software stack evolution. The current economic conditions will certainly prompt businesses to look more closely at alternative IT solutions – and open source technology will be one of the big winners next year.

Here’s a look at a few 2009 open source predictions that I believe will re-shape the software market in the coming year.


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Grow Your Startup in 2009

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Strategy in a ‘Structural Break’

During hard times, a structural break in the economy is an opportunity in disguise. To survive - and, eventually, to flourish - companies must learn to exploit it. Read how in this feature from The McKinsey Quarterly.

Poll: Open Source in 2009?

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Parting Thought

“The herd instinct among forecasters makes sheep look like independent thinkers.”
— Paul Saffo

Courtesy of Malcolm Kusher, The Kushner Group



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