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Open source meets off-shoring

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February 12, 2007

Open source meets off-shoring

Steve Hamm

I've written about this topic a couple of times before, and it's really starting to heat up. It's the mashup of two of the most disruptive forces in the tech industry--open source software and off-shore outsourcing. Today, Ingres Corp., the American open-source database company, announced a strategic alliance with Satyam, one of the top Indian outsourcing companies. The plan is for Satyam to build its first open source database practice on the Ingres platform, focusing initially on retail, pharmaceutical, and government sectors.

I think this is a significant announcement. It will make other players take heed--both on the open source software side and within the Indian tech industry. Ingres lost out to Oracle in the database wars of the 1990s but has come back as an open source company. Its new leaders are focusing right now on shoring up their installed base and eventually hope to take a chunk out of Oracle's database business. Satyam, I understand, is also working on a hookup with Redhat Software, the leading distributor of Linux. Satyam is a really well run company, but until now has offered about the same portfolio of services as the other top Indian services outfits. Open source offers it a chance to distinguish itself. I'll be watching closely to see how this works out.

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Hi Steve,

I have read your previous article about OpenSource/OffShoring stroy. I myself is great advocate of OpenSource and trying to find out ways to create value thru Open Source Software and India Delivery Model.

1. The problem I see with open source solution is to do with Innovations. Can open source companies bring in Innovations as quickly as any other enterprise software company? A big software company ( like Oracle, Microsoft) is investing on technology and can sell it for a license and then with the maintenance revenue they can continue to innovate and create value for their customer. Can a Open Source company do that? How can a Open Source company convince a potential customer about their capability to continue to deliver innovation to a customer?

2. Another problem I see being successful in Open Source is the nature of being Open Source. In this example, once Satyam gains enough knowledge and technology know-how about Ingres, they can start supporting the product themselves without Ingres being (subject to ingres being really open source and allows other companies to distribute its software) involved. We saw it happeing recently where Oracle announced support to Linux and other Open Source companies such Red Hat took a beating.

Posted by: Sankar at February 15, 2007 05:26 AM

Hi Sankar,

To address your first question, I would like to quote examples of two companies that are building their products on top of FLOSS. : Bundling solutions on top of Subversion

I do not want to add much text, their websites speak of what they do and how they do it.

Posted by: Ramanathan at March 1, 2007 12:43 PM

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