Language Selection

English French German Italian Portuguese Spanish

Open Source - the next big opportunity for consulting firms?

Filed under
OSS

Could Open Source prove to be the next big money-maker for the world's consulting giants? To date only IBM has really got behind open source, so there could be quite a "land grab" in the coming year as more firms seize its potential. Mick James, former Editor of Management Consultancy magazine, speaks with the executive director of the Open Source Consortium to find out more.

Historically consultants played a big role in the commoditisation of IT, giving many users the confidence to move away from proprietary hardware made by the likes of IBM to cheaper Unix and PC-based systems. The order-of-magnitude cost savings more than justified the consultancy fees and the stranglehold of proprietary hardware architectures was broken forever.

One might have thought that consultants would be looking to repeat the story, only this time with proprietary software vendors as the target. Unfortunately, this doesn’t seem to be happening: major consultancy firms seem to be happy with the status quo, and are more likely to use their intellectual muscle to rubbish open source solutions than to explore the possibilities.

It’s a situation that puzzles Mark Taylor - executive director of the Open Source Consortium,

“I’m amazed,” he says. “The big consultancies should be all over it and if they are not then the existing consultancies will be.”

Full Story.

More in Tux Machines

Android Leftovers

More Security Leftovers

Linux Foundation and Free Software Foundation Europe

Lessons learned from the failure of Ubuntu Touch

With the death of yet another open source/free software/Linux-based mobile platform, Ubuntu Touch, clearly it is time for us to sit down and have a frank discussion about what we in the free software world can reasonably accomplish in a mobile platform. One of the biggest issues—if not THE biggest issue—with Ubuntu Touch was that it simply had goals that were far too aggressive to reasonably achieve. It suffered from the all-too-common malady known in software development as feature creep. Read more