Recently, Consona acquired Compiere. Is this a failure of Open Source business model? What decisions led to the current situation? In this first chapter of a three part blog series, I will provide some details and insight into the inner workings of commercial open source companies.
In the open source environment, many business models have been tried. In the Compiere environment (including the forks like Open Bravo and Adempiere) different models were put into practice. One of the crucial aspects in open source is inbound marketing. Long before inbound marketing became fashionable, the successful open source projects used this approach to gain momentum.
The blog concentrates on open source business (application) software with it's special challenges, but the lessons learned also apply to infrastructure and tool open source projects.