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NewsForge: Akiva Turns to Open Source Software

Nov 22, 2005, 11:30 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Tina Gasperson)

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"Software development company Akiva has been around since 1999, creating proprietary collaboration software for companies that rely on instant messaging, video conferencing, and email to create an idea-sharing atmosphere for employees. But after prompting from some of its largest customers, such as Cisco, Qualcomm, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Akiva began to discover the value of open source. Now, the company is so sure that open source software is the future of IT, it is 100% committed to developing and using open collaboration software and nurturing a community around it.

"'We're customer-driven,' says Eric Olinger, CEO of Akiva, 'and a growing number of our clients started coming to us, asking us to integrate at least pieces of open source into what we were doing with them...'"

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