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Key Success Factors for Open Source Strategies

“Last week at EclipseCon Europe, John Swainson gave a keynote
address that reflected on IBM’s decision to start Eclipse as an
open source project and consortium. During his speech, John
identified 5 key things IBM thought they needed to be successful.
These success factors are still relevant today for any company
interested in an open source strategy, so I think they warrant
repeating:

You need really good technology. Open source doesn’t make bad or
mediocre technology look good. Open source can’t save a bad
products, so please don’t try.


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