Most Vulnerable Sectors

By Peter Galli  |  Posted 2008-03-25 Print this article Print


The survey also found that Web publishing content management, social software and business intelligence are expected to be the most vulnerable sectors to open-source disruption in the next five years, while configuration management, enterprise portals and security tools are likely to be the least vulnerable.

In addition, security tools, business intelligence and enterprise service businesses are expected to never be vulnerable to disruption.

Linux will be pervasive on future systems and devices going forward and, as more activity happens in the cloud, that will also be built largely on Linux, Shuttleworth said, adding that he does not know which companies will be leading that charge.

Open-source companies will also have to go well beyond just supporting the code they provide, with richer services. "Oracle, Sun, IBM and SAP all face real challenges in shifting to providing data-driven, transaction-oriented services. I don't see them creating the most value on this front going forward," he said.

Asked how many of their open-source project contributors are full-time staff versus contributors, Shuttleworth said some 10 percent are paid by Canonical, but that rises to about a third for the development of core kernel features.

Ingres' Burkhardt said that some 98 percent of the core database work is done in-house, while Jeff Whatcott, vice president of marketing at Acquia, said about 3 percent of contributors for its commercially supported Drupal come from in-house, with the rest coming from the 900 contributors.

John Roberts, CEO for SugarCRM, said his company has had more than 10,000 external developers working on its projects over the years.

Peter Galli has been a financial/technology reporter for 12 years at leading publications in South Africa, the UK and the US. He has been Investment Editor of South Africa's Business Day Newspaper, the sister publication of the Financial Times of London.

He was also Group Financial Communications Manager for First National Bank, the second largest banking group in South Africa before moving on to become Executive News Editor of Business Report, the largest daily financial newspaper in South Africa, owned by the global Independent Newspapers group.

He was responsible for a national reporting team of 20 based in four bureaus. He also edited and contributed to its weekly technology page, and launched a financial and technology radio service supplying daily news bulletins to the national broadcaster, the South African Broadcasting Corporation, which were then distributed to some 50 radio stations across the country.

He was then transferred to San Francisco as Business Report's U.S. Correspondent to cover Silicon Valley, trade and finance between the US, Europe and emerging markets like South Africa. After serving that role for more than two years, he joined eWeek as a Senior Editor, covering software platforms in August 2000.

He has comprehensively covered Microsoft and its Windows and .Net platforms, as well as the many legal challenges it has faced. He has also focused on Sun Microsystems and its Solaris operating environment, Java and Unix offerings. He covers developments in the open source community, particularly around the Linux kernel and the effects it will have on the enterprise.

He has written extensively about new products for the Linux and Unix platforms, the development of open standards and critically looked at the potential Linux has to offer an alternative operating system and platform to Windows, .Net and Unix-based solutions like Solaris.

His interviews with senior industry executives include Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, Linus Torvalds, the original developer of the Linux operating system, Sun CEO Scot McNealy, and Bill Zeitler, a senior vice president at IBM.

For numerous examples of his writing you can search under his name at the eWEEK Website at


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