Being open to open source

(Aug 19, 2008)

There remains some residual apprehension around open source software (OSS), despite the fact it is increasingly widely adopted.

However, such technologies can no longer be avoided, as Gartner announced at their open source summit:

By 2011, 80% of commercial software will contain significant amounts of open source code

Of course, it won't all happen in 2011 with a great thunderclap - the reality is, there is a huge investment in open source already:

  • The internet runs on open source - from the most popular http server (Apache) to the fundamental infrastructure for DNS name resolution (BIND). If it wasn't for OSS we'd be living in a very different world
  • Many commercial vendors including IBM, Sun and Oracle are active…

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Tags: software, technology, open source

SaaS - Software as a service

(Jul 25, 2008)

According to technology analysts Gartner:

... by 2011, one quarter of new business software will be delivered as a service.

They are calling it the SaaS explosion, and in the arena of the technology start-up, a landscape more recently acquainted with implosion than explosion, it is a very big deal indeed.

Software delivered as a service, is on the face of it a very simple concept. Gartner define it is software that is "owned, delivered and managed remotely by one or more providers". Predominantly we are talking about web delivery of functionality that might once have been installed and managed on a local desktop or corporate server.

Despite the burgeoning growth, there exists uncertainty about the…

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Tags: SaaS, software, technology

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