We have yet to focus on how the corporate world has handled the massive integration of open source technology into its once closed world. TechNewsWorld reports on how “Open Source Still Draws Proprietary Vendors Into the Fold.” VMware was once a closed proprietary software company that no one would have ever dreamed would open its doors and embrace open source technology. It, however, is a leading example of how if proprietary vendors do not make changes to their technology approach they will be left behind in the dust. Even the mighty Microsoft has yielded some of its stringent policies to be more flexible. Movements from big names like these are setting a standard:
The increased involvement of vendors such as VMware and Microsoft in open source shows how far open source software has come and the incredible transition that has taken place in enterprise software over the past 10 years. Beyond the various vendors, open source software is alive and well in the top trends of today’s enterprise and consumer software, including cloud computing, Big Data, devops and mobility.
Open source has been changed by the new trend, especially when Cloud computing came about and showed what users and developers were using. The proprietary companies add a new level of competition, plus more independent vendors are cashing in on the open source enterprise idea. It is a brave new world with business and technology plans, which goes to prove no one really knows where anything is going. We figure this embracing of open source and proprietary licenses will be followed for a while, until something else changes. If you know what that is, let us know. LucidWorks is the first company to build its software on the Apache Lucene platform. It has the best of both worlds, operating as a commercial company with open source technology.
Whitney Grace, August 29, 2012