The ZDNet article on PLM/BPM vendor, Aras, covers reasons this former proprietary vendor decided to open source its Innovator products. Two points that stuck out for me, concern what open sourcing enabled Aras to do.
According to the article, using an open source development model allowed Aras to develop its software much more quickly--it cites Aras as being "one of only 10 ISVs to
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InfoWorld post suggesting that open source business models don''t scale. In that post, author Savio Rodrigues, discusses how a support-only based model doesn''t grow very well past $50M but that a company has to have some other sort of offering only available to paying customers. A lot of people have responded to this viewpoint, in particular, Shaun Connolly''s post about scaling a software business , in which he mentions that JBoss ...sold 75% subscriptions, 15% training, 10% consulting. Aras''s shift may