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InfoWorld: Who controls your biz?

Nov 12, 2001, 14:06 (9 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Russell C. Pavlicek)
"WHEN PEOPLE TALK about the benefits of open source, certain pluses inevitably head the list. Usually the first to come up is the cost of acquisition. The fact that open-source software is typically available for free is notable, even if it is not the most important aspect of the software. This inevitably leads to arguments over total cost of ownership, which can also be a potent reason for using open source.

But the most powerful reason for using open-source software in business is often ignored. This crucial benefit is control -- control over the functionality of the software that fuels your business, and hence control over your business itself.

Consider this scenario: You are building a corporation with the intention of eventually dominating your market. You set out to build the best team you can muster. You carefully hire expensive, top-level managers who know the industry, know the competition, and know the customers. You painstakingly gather the technical talent necessary to create the products and services that will define your company. And you instruct the team to implement a plan that will put the corporation on the road to success."

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