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Friday, July 15, 2005
(Via Iweek) Software entrepreneur John Newton’s strategy shows how much the software market is changing, particularly for startups. In June, he and former Business Objects COO John Powell launched Alfresco Software Inc., a content-management software provider whose core technology was assembled out in the open-source community by dozens of independent-minded programmers. By leveraging the power of the people, Alfresco is looking to upend the balance of power in a market for content-management systems dominated by EMC, Interwoven, Vignette, and other major players. The people behind open-source software are better at listening to customers than are proprietary vendors, Alfresco's Newton says. It's the kind of bold talk we haven't heard from startups since the dot-com days. Open-source applications are very real, and the ones attracting the attention and venture capital have a core of committed developers operating in the open-source community. The open-source model is giving birth to for-profit companies like SugarCRM, Greenplum, and Pentaho. These companies are building a new generation of business applications for managing Web content, customer relations, and enterprise resources that are cheaper and may be more dynamic than their commercial counterparts. And their approach just might succeed in changing the way software gets made and sold.
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