Over on SaaS blogs, Sinclair posted an excellent discussion continuing the SaaS/OpenSource discussion.

As part of his post, Sinclair developed this model to describe the steps and routes from development to implementation;

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You’ll see that we can trace multiple routes and mash up the way we develop, sell, deliver and use a software product.

None of the combinations are necessarily wrong however one thing that Sinclair, Bob and myself agree upon. As do, I suspect, the majority of people who can stand back and look at it from a dispassionate, user-centric viewpoint. That thing is embodied in the diagram below. The traditional software development and delivery model that is becoming rapidly irrelevant.

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Bob and Sinclair posted comments discussing the fact that a community developed product is dependent on having a community of interested, committed and participatory individuals. Clearly a SaaS/OpenSource mashup is predicated on this community existing, or being able to be created.

Ben Kepes

Ben Kepes is a technology evangelist, an investor, a commentator and a business adviser. Ben covers the convergence of technology, mobile, ubiquity and agility, all enabled by the Cloud. His areas of interest extend to enterprise software, software integration, financial/accounting software, platforms and infrastructure as well as articulating technology simply for everyday users.

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