With a full travel schedule and competing demands on my time, I don’t get much time for professional reflection. As 2018 closes out, I always find it helpful to take a step back and revisit the research I produced for my day job over the previous twelve months.
When I’m talking with clients in my day job as an industry analyst about open source core products, price always comes up. The question is the same: “If this is open source, why’s it so expensive?” Every time. And it’s not a fair question. If companies are delivering value, they deserve to get paid for that. But the reason the question is asked is the fault of vendors selling products based on open source.