A decade ago, most companies faced financial challenges related to the dot-com bubble burst. Today, we’ve just gone through what was likely the worst financial crisis we’ll see in our lifetime. Whatever the reason for the challenges, it’s clear that some technology vendors have been unable to respond to the economics of the times. From an IT perspective, the fact that budgets are staying flat or growing slowly doesn’t jibe with the expensive, ever increasing costs of infrastructure software—the spend to keep things running, the plumbing.
Most companies spend almost 75 percent of their budget on the plumbing, and in fact, the database is typically the most expensive line item on any IT department’s software budget. This means companies don’t have enough money to spend on the future, on projects that can help them grow.
Companies are realizing that they cannot keep writing that big check for Oracle or DB2 or SQL Server. In order to effect real change, they need to do things differently.
The move from expensive, proprietary software to less expensive open source software is not a new phenomenon. After more than a decade of steadily increasing (more…)