I just finished reading Dave Scalera’s post on the Acquia blog “Open Source lies: Confessions of a former Commercial CMS Salesperson” and it got me thinking about the Open Source vs. Proprietary thing.
I know, here we go again.
What I’ve come to realize is that it doesn't matter what’s better. It matters what people believe is better.
A few months ago, CMS Australian enthusiast Said Salameh posted this excellent breakdown comparing the number of steps required to complete simple tasks between eight leading open source content management systems. He illustrates how simple things like editing a page or adding an article can take ten steps or more – far more than necessary. His post spawned a discussion on the Web Content Management group on LinkedIn drawing out frustrations from many in the industry about the complexity of content management systems – particularly open source systems.
What I find silly about this week's proprietary versus open source discussion is that I don't think proprietary is the biggest threat to open source. The biggest threat to open source is from within. Open source as a whole needs to do a much better job in preventing the discussion of Open Source Community versus Open Source Vendor from getting out of hand. Open source must accept the role commercial vendors have in their community or they will soon find their community is financially unsustainable and difficult to be taken seriously. Vendors must also prove to open source that the community is better off with them than without them or that vendor is going to have have little influence at the community's leadership table.
It takes awhile for open source as a community to respond positively to the changes that new or successful vendors may bring to their community. Most new vendors in open source soon realize that their standing in such communities is ranked not by their company's success but by how much they give or don't give back to their open source community.
Even in an uncertain global economy, but reflective of the positive trends surrounding Open Source and the enterprise marketer’s focus on customer experience management, Hippo’s enterprise subscription revenue alone grew by more than 102% - reflecting the continued trend of Hippo’s expansion into global organizations like Autodesk, Weleda, Max Bahr, Crédit Agricole, British Telecom and Dolce & Gabbana.
WordPress is not the only free CMS. Drupal and Joomla jump to mind, but there are lots and lots of others. So we as CMS vendors need to think beyond the traditional web content management functionality and figure out ways to innovate our way to a competitive advantage.
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I'm posting this video for the most obvious reason. Anyone with the last name of Beer deserves an opportunity to be highlighted on my blog. All kidding aside, we need more people like Lucy Beer in the world reminding us blogging is a business and you can't move your blog forward with a strategy. The only thing I would have changed in her talk is to focus less on advertisement and more on content.Source: WordPress.TV
"There are people who can call a blog as their business. In this case, their revenue is mainly from ad sales on their blog. But, that is not a very sustainable or long term business approach you should have. Your online business must solve a person’s problem." - Marieke Hensel, Why Blogging is Not a Viable Business Mode", Branding Personality, January 30, 2012