Tell it again

Dear Readers,

This week, while meeting an old friend of mine and having a simple discussion with him about Open Source projects, I just remind that there is still a huge gap between Open Source Commiters and Decision Makers. For most Decision Makers, Open Source is still “what they want to avoid”, because of some stupids reasons such as maintenance, and support. Because those person still think they will get support and maintenance if they choose Commercial products. For those person, choosing a commercial product and paying an expensive price is like an insurance.

There are thousand of discussion like this one … all Open Source promoters have already faced this kind of discussion … but as time goes by, we don’t have to forget 3 majors facts :

– commercial products have invested a lot of money in marketing and they have built an easy and secured position, even if the reality of their products may be slightly different.

– standard System integrator get an important part of the commercial licences revenus (sometimes up to 40%), so they have limited interest in Open Source and they relay the “commercial position” (and they are most of the times already in the place !)

– Most – if not all – Open Source migration decision come from customers, not from System Integrator …

As a conclusion : we have to tell again and again the advantages of Open Source solution …

Have Fun !

Patrick

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