"Thus the bottom line on proprietary is simple: once you've sent
a few hundred thousand bucks to Microsoft and some consulting firm
getting Dynamics in, they own you - and they'll cash that chit
"In contrast, choosing an open source package (licensed or
otherwise) and then using the money you don't spend on licensing
from a Microsoft or SAP to hire people to contribute to that open
source package creates an opportunity for competitive excellence in
software. Most people never realize on this, of course; but put in
open source, and you retain both the cash and the control that
would otherwise go to the vendor while building organizational
skills and possibly contributing to the evolution of the software
community you join in doing this."
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