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Open Source Business Innovation and the Subscription Model

Aug 23, 2007, 22:30 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Stephen Walli)

"Stephen O'Grady has a great post (as always) on how companies using free and open source software in their customer solutions can make more money for their investors. Companies like MySQL, JBoss, and Red Hat, and now Canonical have all developed subscription offerings based on value added networks. There's good commentary from Javier Soltero (Hyperic CEO) and Zack Urlocker (Product VP at MySQL) as well--companies that are exactly engaged in this business. One of the business model innovations from the FOSS world that often goes unsung is exactly this subscription network model.

"Traditional software companies have dreamed of 'subscription revenues' for at least the last 7-8 years..."

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