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STUFF.CO.NZ: Open Source Business Cluster

Jan 25, 2002, 03:11 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Carol Webb)

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"It's a sure bet that talk around the water cooler and coffee machine at the Kenton Chambers high-tech precinct will soon turn to the benefits of open source software. The Cashel Street building is about to get a fresh crop of tenants who are all passionate about open systems, and who have formed an innovative collaborative structure to enable them to work together without losing their own business identities.

Software developers Egressive and iOpen Technologies, and design-entity ZYPE, were the first companies to sign on for the venture, which is based around a cluster arrangement of companies, formalised by way of a joint shareholding in an umbrella company. More are expected to join as the group ensures a telecommunications infrastructure is ready for their move into the offices at Kenton Chambers.

Egressive's Dave Lane said the group members all have a commitment to open source development, and a belief that hierarchical corporate structures have had their day. "The corporate model had the advantage of being able to invest large amounts in big jobs, but it has proved increasingly difficult for corporates to maintain stable channels of communication. Its biggest impediment now is the slow speed at which it can learn new technologies. "People with different skills become separated by the different layers of the corporate structure, and that's a bad thing in software development – an industry where you either adapt to changes ... or you perish."

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