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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which he mentions that JBoss ...sold 75% subscriptions, 15% training, 10% consulting. Aras''s shift may be an interesting case to follow as a counter example (though certainly not the only one) to the Rodrigues notion against open source business model scalability. The article on Aras features some commentary from the company''s VP of marketing, Marc Lind, praising the predictability and scalability of the subscription model. The company lists three sorts of subscriptions that include varying levels of