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July 3, 2008

Talend Open Studio is a finalist in the SourceForge awards

A few weeks ago SourceForge launched their annual Community Choice Award preliminary selection (call for nominations). I don't know how many nominations they received in total (Ross Turk told me they did not want to encourage gaming and thus would not give the numbers). But the matter of the fact is that Talend Open Studio was nominated in the category "Most Likely to be the Next $1 billion Acquisition".

Of course this is a great recognition for us and the efforts we have put into becoming the leader in open source data integration. But the work is far from being over: we now need to win this award!

So, if you are reading this, please take the 30 seconds it will take you to case a vote. The process is simple:
- Visit this URL:
- You will need to authenticate into your account (if you are not a member already, you will be prompted to create an account - it's a very straightforward process and of course it's free).
- Then pick Talend Open Studio as your vote for the category "Most Likely to be the Next $1 billion Acquisition".
- You may pick other winners for other categories if you wish, but this is optional - you can just pick "I do not wish to vote" (yeah, this is a bit of a pain... but it's worth it!)

Don't wait - voting is only open for a few weeks.

And thanks for helping!

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June 27, 2008

Their logic baffles me...

This morning on the BBC I saw an interview of SAP's CEO, Henning Kagermann. He was expressing the fact that in today's tough economy, budgets were cut, deals were taking longer, and many companies were pushing back their investment plans. Of course as a vendor of super expensive infrastructure software, SAP is taking a big hit.

In order to compensate for this decrease in initial purchases, SAP is rising maintenance prices. I guess they did the math: less clients x higher cost = constant revenue.

At the same time, Oracle announces both a price hike, as described by Gavin Clarke in The Register, and record quarterly results - the latter making sense given their acquisition spree of the past 3 years and all the cost (and talent) cutting they did in acquired companies.

But where is the logic in all this? As Bertrand said in this post, there probably isn't any - except that customers are locked in! Pretty much like Air France 20 years ago, which was in a situation of monopoly on the French domestic market and could dictate their prices, until low cost airlines such as Easyjet or Ryanair and the TGV came along. Check Air France's promotional costs today - at least for the destinations where they have competitors: they are pretty compelling. But it took Air France quite some time to adjust, and a few years ago they were not in such a good shape. The same holds true in the US, look at AA, UA, or DL and how they reacted to JetBlue or SouthWest. Or how they managed to crush the new low-cost, all-business-class airlines flying from London to NY, but this is another story...

So are SAP and Oracle the legacy airlines of software? And in this case, are open source vendors the low cost carriers? And will legacy vendors adjust some day, or get crushed by open source? Or will they crush open source? I don't think either model will drive the other one out of business. A balance will establish itself. But the more proprietary vendors try to squeeze the last cent out of their clients, the more this balance will tip toward open source.

So, Herr Kagermann, here is a suggestion for you. Start to charge your US customers in Euros, you revenue will jump by 60% overnight. Why? Because you can!
And Larry, one for you too. Index the cost of your software on the price of the oil barrel. Who's going complain? You have them by the balls!
And as an open source vendor, I won't complain either, you can rest assured.

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June 25, 2008

And now... on YouTube!

The videocast the B-Eye-Network recorded at TDWI in Chicago, where I was being interviewed by Claudia Imhoff, is now live on YouTube! Check it out.

They had to split it into 2 parts:

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