How to build a successful business model around open source software


Open source software is an increasingly important part of many organizations. Yet establishing sustainable business models to support open source development is a non-trivial problem because the underlying technologies are given away for free.  But it’s still possible to build a successful business around open source software — I know, because my team already did it. KNIME has managed to establish a new business model for providing production-ready open source enterprise software, let explain how. Unlike business models based on selling a proprietary version of an open source software application, we went for offering two separate but complementary pieces of…

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