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ONLamp: Open Source: The Whole Product

Oct 18, 2003, 02:30 (1 Talkback[s])
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"In Geoffrey Moore's book on technology strategy, Crossing the Chasm, he describes a similar process in the life cycle of technology adoption: a first wave of adventurers and a later wave of settlers, whom he calls Early Adopters and Pragmatists. Each type has different product requirements that they demand when adopting a technology. The Early Adopter seeks advantage in new technologies. The Pragmatist seeks stability with established technologies. Moore's book is a classic technology strategy book but does it make sense in a world of open source?

"In this article, we'll look at the different types of technology adopters, how they have responded to open source products, and how Pragmatists can find comfort in using open source. We'll demonstrate a new way to source technology, with examples, finishing with a brief overview of how to create an open source strategy for your organization..."

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