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NewsForge: Akiva Turns to Open Source Software

Nov 22, 2005, 11:30 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Tina Gasperson)

"Software development company Akiva has been around since 1999, creating proprietary collaboration software for companies that rely on instant messaging, video conferencing, and email to create an idea-sharing atmosphere for employees. But after prompting from some of its largest customers, such as Cisco, Qualcomm, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Akiva began to discover the value of open source. Now, the company is so sure that open source software is the future of IT, it is 100% committed to developing and using open collaboration software and nurturing a community around it.

"'We're customer-driven,' says Eric Olinger, CEO of Akiva, 'and a growing number of our clients started coming to us, asking us to integrate at least pieces of open source into what we were doing with them...'"

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