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Why Proprietary Vendors Won’t Open their Code

By John | August 29, 2007

I am sure that this question has many answers, but here are a few of mine.

Topics: 451, OSS, barcampesm, bmc, caos, esm, gartner, groundwork, groundworkopensource, hp, hyperic, ibm, nagios, opennms, opensource, tivoli, zabbix, zenoss | 4 Comments »

4 Responses to “Why Proprietary Vendors Won’t Open their Code”

  1. berkay Says:
    August 29th, 2007 at 4:52 pm

    have you asked/answered this question other way around? why should they open their code? what is in it for them?
    Will they make more money?
    Are customers demanding it?

    I’m also curious about by opening the code whether you mean making it “free”.

  2. jwillis Says:
    August 29th, 2007 at 5:18 pm

    Will they make more money?

    The question is when or if they start loosing money.

    Are customers demanding it?

    They are starting to demand ROI’s.

    I’m also curious about by opening the code whether you mean making it “free”.?

    Nothing is free. When I mean open I mean making all of the source code available. There are a number of business models for making money around open source however I am not sure what one is the best

  3. berkay Says:
    August 31st, 2007 at 4:10 am

    Should give some context to what I’m asking to explain better.
    - I don’t hear from customers a demand to open source management products. As you’ve stated, they ask better ROI, they want software that actually works :) , they want better/easier integration. If anything I see a trend on the other direction to reduce “custom” parts of the solutions they use. Less inhouse/custom development, more vendor maintained product.
    - No doubt they would have to react if they start loosing market share and revenues declining. But I see no business model where open sourcing a product would enable them to sustain the revenue streams they have. A lot of business models are being tried right now. If a winning model emerges, it may attract the interest of the proprietary vendors…

  4. jwillis Says:
    August 31st, 2007 at 8:15 am

    This is why I started this blog … to have great conversations about ESM. Thanks 

    I am working on an article of how I think the OSS model will work but for now see this post…

    http://old.johnmwillis.com/?p=232

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