MySQL’s Zack Urlocker has a great post on Disruption in the Software Industry. He has two great points the innovation of cost:
“To me the really interesting thing about open source software is that it can challenge the existing perpetual software license model. Today, companies spend millions of dollars for enterprise software. They pay all the money up front, and then they commit to spend 18-22% in maintenance every year they use it. Not surprisingly, most enterprise software ends up bloated with new features year after year, most of which are never used. I’ve seen dozens of IT projects fail after spending millions of dollars on overly-complex enterprise software. And lets face it, few enterprise software vendors are loved by their customers.”
He also nicely illustrates utility in software:
“As Charles Phillips from Oracle said a while back: Oracle and MySQL are both in the transportation business. But Oracle is a 747 and MySQL is a Toyota. Unless you’re very rich, a 747 is not a great commuter vehicle.”
Read the whole post, it’s excellent.