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Welcome to the Age of Data: My OSBC Talk

May 31, 2011, 08:04 (1 Talkback[s])

"One of the fundamental questions raised by the rise of open source is what software is worth, in the commercial sense. Industry opinions on the subject vary; the data less so.

"The market holds no great opinion of the technology industry broadly. The Fortune 500 includes zero technology vendors in its Top 10. For all of the attention that Apple's passing of Microsoft's market capitalization a year ago Thursday accrued, it is #35 on the Fortune 500 with a market cap $97B south of Exxon's. Even within the context of the software industry, there are indications that the market is pessimistic about the potential returns realizable through software."

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