Thursday, 23 May 2013

Why should a company open source one of their products? and what is the business case?

If you where asked by a friend to help him make the business case to open source a product created by his company, how would you answer?

The scenario is a company that has a couple products and fells that it is not able to spend significant time and resources in one of them.

My answer was to 'just do it and push the support + maintenance efforts to the community'

Here are some links to good articles on Open Source business models:
The idea is to find the 4 to 5 business benefits this company, and to help him to make the business case to open source that product (which would be a great thing since the product is quite amazing).

Here are a couple 'Open Source related' blog posts that I have written before: