"One of the things that struck me as I roamed the floor of the
Dreamforce event (besides the fact that I find events like this to
be incredibly depressing) is that there is a clear difference
between companies that form a 'community' and those that are part
of an 'ecosystem.'
"Since we launched MuleOnDemand this week I have been spending a
great deal of time thinking through the advantages/disadvantages of
SaaS and OSS. Despite the fact that I do believe in SaaS, I am
finding that the current crop of SaaS companies are middling at
best, with only a few standouts whereas there are many great open
source companies--at witnessed by the acquisitions in the
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