If SugarCRM Is Fake Open, Than All Commercial Open Source Is Fake by Alan Shimel
"In fact the cloud is being built on the back of open source, both infrastructure and apps. Go ask Dave Jilk of Standing Cloud if he thinks open source apps have not succeeded. Ultimately I think the cloud will be catalyst for open source apps really exploding. The problem is that people with views on this like Derek Singleton will say that they have sold their open source souls to achieve it. I say open your horizons, there is more than one way to skin the open source app!"
How to Spot Openwashing by Klint Finley
"The old 'open vs. proprietary' debate is over and open won. As IT infrastructure moves to the cloud, openness is not just a priority for source code but for standards and APIs as well. Almost every vendor in the IT market now wants to position its products as 'open.' Vendors that don't have an open source product instead emphasize having a product that uses 'open standards' or has an 'open API.'"
Fourth Quarter Earning-Billing and Subscription Hotting Up by Ben Kepes
"SaaS billing and subscription is a consistently growing market area, and one that I’ve been picking as an enabler for the subscription economy for some time. All vendors are still struggling however with the reality that most startups (and, for that matter, many enterprises) still prefer to build their own subscription and billing platforms in-house. There tends to be the attitude the subscriptions are core and should therefore be part of the internal systems, secondarily, people under estimate the degree of complexity that rapidly gets introduced to their subscription services and fail to see the headaches that may cause."