Gartner declares Open Source biggest Disruptor of our time
I know people don’t always believe I have a complete grip on reality but maybe they’ll believe Gartner. According to Gartner Open Source accounted for 13% of the $92.7 billion software market in 2006 and will account for 27% by 2011. They say “Continued acceptance will drive down prices and force proprietary software vendors to change their business model.”
Gartner also declared Open Source software the biggest disruptor the software industry has ever seen. Open Source can mean big bucks! One recent example has been Zimbra who were bought up by Yahoo for $350 million. Zimbra has a dual source licensing strategy where you can have the Open Source version or you can buy their support and enhancements to the product for a fee.