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Director, OpenShift Strategy at Red Hat. Founder of Rishidot Research, a research community focused on services world. His focus is on Platform Services, Infrastructure and the role of Open Source in the services era. Krish has been writing @ CloudAve from its inception and had also been part of GigaOm Pro Analyst Group. The opinions expressed here are his own and are neither representative of his employer, Red Hat, nor CloudAve, nor its sponsors.

5 responses to “Open Source As A SaaS Endgame: Google Wave’s Rebirth And Its Future”

  1. Rushabh Mehta

    Hey Krishnan,

    Nice article, we have been using our SAAS product with an Open Source exit option for our clients for the last few months. I think there is more to SAAS + Open Source that the exit option. This also allows customers to customize the product to their needs, specially for a product like ERP.

    One of our early customers, has been demanding a lot of customization and though they are ready to pay, we do not have the band-width for it. Recently we have a nascent eco-system developing around our product and we hope this way larger customers can customize their application via the Open Source model.

    We are still an early stage company so lets see how this one goes!

    – Rushabh

  2. Neil Murphy

    Wave is great as a collaboration platform (well, potentially) but is not really a communications (i.e. email, IM etc) platform. To make it work and grow, it needs lower barriers to entry i.e. easier code, better accessibility and greater stability) also it needs vision. I believe what is needed is a simple to implement reference platform that will allow others to write wave servers and then come up with collaboration ideas. How about a collaboration platform that allows groups of business users to form collaborating groups in real time and have their groups informed from internal line of business systems.

    How about a project management/defect/requirements etc etc platform, all pulled together in real-time so that PMs, developers, BAs, users etc could be pulled together and work together on plans and documents and report to each other remotely in real time?

    Wave needs a killer app that exploits its real-time collaboration capability and which open source community can build on easily. Just showing email and chat meant very little and for most users was no better than what they had.

    Google had a great idea they didn’t think through and it’s a great shame.

  3. Marshall Bennett

    Used it (Wave) in small short term projects thought it very effective looking forward to see it in open source. Wave in the box or wherever deployed…..