A new IDC report released today points to the accelerated growth that open source applications are experiencing in Asia among SMBs. The report underlines some of the obvious advantages to open source, such as vendor lock-in, access to the source code, and availability to the developer community.
But the comment that really caught my attention, and which underscores the flexibility and scalability of the commercial open source model, is:
Small and midsize businesses are among the early adopters of open source enterprise applications in Asia, where the majority of open source vendors are based outside the region, according to an IDC report released Tuesday.
Taken in the context of today’s economic conditions, the ability of vendors to market and sell outside the parameters of their own sales force via the Internet will become a vital element in weathering the storm. Commercial open source leverages and multiples that concept by giving developers across the globe the freedom to access our solution for absolutely free.
A perfect example: Japan, where we have dozens of installations of SugarCRM installed since late 2005 and not a single employee ever based there.