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SaaS Hasn't Killed Open Source: Can Open Source Help SaaS Evolve?

Feb 03, 2009, 06:02 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Kristin Shoemaker)

[ Thanks to sakshi garg for this link. ]

"At first glance, Kapoor's query seemed the technological equivalent of asking if the weather in Cairo yesterday would disrupt tomorrow's Boston to New York commuter train schedule, but he makes some reasonable arguments as to why a company might prefer a SaaS arrangement to becoming involved in a similar open source endeavor. Most of his points focus on the costs and technical skills required in making open source deployments work -- which are as likely to be relevant to one company as they are irrelevant to another.

"Kapoor seems to infer that open source projects ("base code") offer applications -- completely across the board -- that are in some manner unfinished or require extensive customization to be useful. While customization needs vary depending on application and end-users, a generalization such as this is about as accurate as describing every last SaaS offering as "beautifully crafted" (though one would figure the services that are truly painful get tossed aside quickly)."

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