Hell yes - we're gonna compete with our open source brothers and sisters!
Marc's Voice: Hell yes - we're gonna compete with our open source brothers and sisters!.
Jeff Jarvis: "You can't be a software company and a service company under one roof, for you will inevitably end up competing with your customers." [Scripting News]
This is a perfect post to followup my previous rant.
Earlier Ted Leung used the current Moveable Type pricing scandal as a launching pad for: "Community owned weblogging tools". I responded that the code is only part of the equation of the software.
And then BAM along comes this next post by Jeff, which I actually mainly agree with, asserting that you can't mix a software company and services company - as it generates an inherent conflict of interest with your software customers - and then I thought NO!
I don't agree with Jeff.
You can and we should be able to mix services and software - we MUST! Over 50% of IBM snd Oracle's revenues are generated from service business. There's plenty of good money out there, why shouldn't companies be opportunistic and jump on great ideas and run with it...