Two Stage Rocket

Mike_gualtieri_formal01 I just spent the day at Progress Software's annual analyst day. The highlight of the event is, always, to hear from their customers about how they are getting real things done. This year we heard from: EMC, Sallie Mae, TD Securities, Royal Dikzwager, BT Global Services, Lincoln Financial Group, Sabre Holdings, and Fiserv.

The theme: High velocity business demands high velocity technologies such as complex event processing, enterprise infrastructure, data infrastrcuture, and others.

But, this post is about Kenneth Rugg, VP and GM of Integration Infrastrcuture for Progress  Software, comments on open source software.

"I think about our use of open source software as a two-stage rocket"

Saturnvrocketlaunching Mr. Rugg explained that the open source version of software is the first stage that lifts the technology off the ground. The second-stage is when a vendor, such as Progress Software, adds secret technology sauce, support, and integration with other technology. His example was about what Progress has done with FUSE ESB.

I thought this was a useful way for customers to think about acquiring open source from vendors. Is the vendor moving the rocket to the next stage or instead weighing it down for an unhappy ending.

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re: Two Stage Rocket

Hi Mike, I see it no more than as a cute play on words. Fuse ESB still requires hardcore hard-coding and that is not going to do anything. That is like building the rocket while it is already flying without documenting any part of it.The coding part is one problem of open source. The other one is acceptance. Enterprises have no longer the manpower to do anything. If you outsource the open source work then you weigh the rocket down real time.Re: Complex Event Processing. Same thing here. We do not just talk about it BUT DO IT and the problem is having people at the customer who understand it and also accept it. They have big eyes when the system discovers the complex event patterns of a workflow but then they wonder: 'How did it learn it and what does it know?' My response: 'Try to ask a person to write down all the things he knows.'So the problem is still a human one and we need to learn to focus on people and not on technology.