Open source needs business matchmakers

By   |  March 28, 2008

While the number of open source players continues to grow, there remains a niche for companies to act as business matchmakers, says Obsidian director Anton de Wet.

Speaking at the Cape IT Initiative’s (CITI) open source event on Thursday, De Wet called these matchmaking companies beekeepers.

These “beekeepers” will perform an increasingly important role as business looks for open source alternatives, said De Wet. Beekeepers are open source businesses that are able to match what software makers produce with what the business world needs.

“It clear that the open source movement has gone far beyond the web page development stage, which is set to revolutionise communication,” he said.

De Wet also said that open protocols were needed for the industry to fully exploit open source software as a service.

By way of example, De Wet said: “We are going to reach a stage where open source software will translate voice into a users language. So if someone was speaking English to a Spanish-speaking client, the software will do the voice translation to
Spanish”.

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3 Responses to “Open source needs business matchmakers”

  1. Tom
    March 28th, 2008 @ 11:11 am

    Dealing with the client via “beekeepers” or man in the middle will cut into your bottom line so not sure that I would like “beekeeper” involment

    You can build your own web site and market it yourself offering products and services via AdWords program or organic SEO

  2. Mogamat
    March 31st, 2008 @ 10:50 am

    If you’re a one man show and u just want a web you can go it on your own, but when there is more at risk, an OSS consultant is invaluable. Imagine the cost and frustration of mistakenly deploying an incomplete OSS solution across your international operations only to find that it conflicts with other systems or does not do something essential to your business!

    In the hive there is place for all, from the Queen bee to the Beekeeper.

  3. James Dixon
    June 21st, 2008 @ 1:09 pm

    For more details on the Beekeeper model for open source businesses see http://wiki.pentaho.com/display/BEEKEEPER/The Beekeeper

    James Dixon

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