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Murdock: Open Source and the Commoditization of Software

May 26, 2005, 23:30 (6 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Ian Murdock)

"It is said the only things certain in life are death and taxes. For those of us in the IT industry, we can add one more to the list: commoditization. The question is, how do we deal with it, particularly if we are IT vendors and not simply IT consumers, for whom commoditization is an unquestionably positive event?

"Commoditization is something that happens to every successful industry eventually--success attracts attention, and there is always a competitor willing to offer a lower price to compensate for a lesser known brand or 'good enough' quality, as well as customers to whom price means more than brand, quality, or anything else the high end providers have to offer them..."

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