Software Pulse
May 26, 2010

Michael J. SkokThe Future of Open Source 2010

A new survey suggests open source solutions may have reached a “tipping point” based on increased private and public sector adoption and a reputation for delivering business impact.

By Michael J. Skok, North Bridge Venture Partners

The “2010 Future of Open Source Survey” gathered insight on the opportunities and challenges of today’s open source market based on 551 executive respondents from customer and vendor organizations. The study found increasing confidence in open source’s ability to drive business value and signs that the technology may have passed its “tipping point” and be on its way to mainstream enterprise adoption.

In a recent interview, Michael Skok, General Partner at North Bridge and founder of the survey, explains the new role of innovation as an adoption driver, the power of the White House as a customer, the new money-making strategies being used by vendors and investors, and his outlook on the future of open source.


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SaaS M&A Brings Opportunities - and Challenges

Lincoln Murphy

Lincoln Murphy of Sixteen Ventures looks at the spate of recent SaaS acquisitions and identifies the potential pitfalls for both on-demand and legacy acquirers in this post to the Blog on SaaS.

The Data Deluge - Software’s Achilles Heel

Charlie Silver

Charlie Silver of Algebraix Data underscores the problems enterprises have managing data and the potential for innovative solutions from software vendors in this post to the Blog on emerging market opportunities.

Cloud Performance: A Bigger Obstacle than Security?

Kamesh Pemmaraju

Kamesh Pemmaraju highlights the new challenge enterprises face in maintaining consistent performance from cloud applications and looks at the vendors working to solve the problem in this post from his weekly blog, Leaders in the Cloud.

The Basics of Business-to-Business Sales Success

B2B customers say they care most about price, but what they really want is a great sales experience. For sales reps, that means getting the basics right. Read how in this article from The McKinsey Quarterly.

Poll: An Open Source Tipping Point?

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