"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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