Yeah that's a mouthful but it's an interesting article penned by Zenoss' own Murat Aksu. It's also a pretty good summary of how open source software is become a leveler that allow more organizations to take advantage of the benefits of enterprise-grade software without the Fortune 1000 price. The reason we can do this is because we have the benefit of collaborating with our users in a transparent way. Murat sums this up:
"All of this brings us back to the era we live in, the "Intangible Economy." It relies on what we know and who we interact with to share knowledge for creating value. Its benefits are dependent upon our level of effort and how quickly value is created. The Intangible Economy creates the perfect environment for OSS to thrive supported by communities not bound by space and time. In these communities of choice location is not a factor for sharing knowledge for a common interest. The more we feel part of a network, the more we become willing to put in the effort to create value, based on our individual interests that are shared and benefited by others. Networks that operate beyond the boundaries of time and space are able to greatly increase the time quality in creating value."
Read the full article at eBiz.