Wednesday, April 14, 2004

Open Source Business Models that Work

A good overview of the various combinations of revenue streams that companies are using -- selling consultancy / support / maintenance. Overall the companies are remarkably orthodox in their outlook -- they just happen to be leveraging (and some are nurturing) open source communities and code bases. All the things that closed source and non-software companies deal with are dealt with head on -- the value of customer relationships and quality of delivery are key, the fact that the software development costs are considerably lower (not zero) is pretty much beside the point.

General themes:

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