The Evolution of an Open Source        Business model       ”Case study: eZ Systems”          Aleksander Farstad          ...
How can a relatively small Norwegian company?•     Get on this list:•     ”The Blueships of Enterprise Content Management”...
How can a relatively small Norwegian company?•   ... gather 350 people from 28 nationalities to Skien, a small town    in ...
How can a relatively small Norwegian company?•   Get a customer list like this:     •   IT/Telecom: MySQL, Mandriva, Zend,...
Answer:•   The little Norwegian Company is not alone...
Because with...•   More than 2 million downloads•   More than 27 000 registered community members•   More than 175 officia...
The core values of an open ecosystem•   eZ Philosophy:
Where does Open Source come in?•   It is the tool that allow Open Innovation to happen!
Some facts about the relative small Norwegian company •   eZ systems is the world largest Open Source Content     Manageme...
The start in 1999: ”The vision of eZ”•   To be a global leading software company     •   Global position     •   Global sc...
So why an Open Source business strategy?•   It is a business model that creates most value for the entire    ecosystem
But how to make money???•   When all software is available for free under an Open Source    license•   Meaning anyone can ...
Evolution 1: Services•   Consulting•   Support•   Training
Problem: Going global...
Solution: Partners...
New problem: How to make business with partners?As most of the services are delivered by them???
Evolution 2: Knowledge end expertise•   Expert services•   Training and certification•   Books and knowledge products
Problem: How to scale the business???
Evolution 3: Responsibility•   Garantees and unlimited support•   Optional extented legal rights from proprietary license ...
The Enterprise Open Source business model of eZ•   Expert services•   Knowledge products•   Subscriptions with Garantees a...
The Enterprise Open Source of eZ•   While this model has less direct license revenue than a normal    software model, it i...
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One of the biggest events of its kind in Eastern Europe, eLiberatica brings community leaders from around the world to discuss about the hottest topics in FLOSS movement, demonstrating the advantages of adopting, using and developing Open Source and Free Software solutions.

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"The Evolution of an Enterprise Open Source Business Model" by Aleksander Farstad @ eLiberatica 2007

  1. 1. The Evolution of an Open Source Business model ”Case study: eZ Systems” Aleksander Farstad CEO eZ systems Mai 2007
  2. 2. How can a relatively small Norwegian company?• Get on this list:• ”The Blueships of Enterprise Content Management” (German JDK evaluate the ECM market in 2005) • 1 Open Text (Canada) • 2 Oracle (USA) • 3 eZ systems (Norway) • 4 Microsoft (USA) • 5 EMC (USA)
  3. 3. How can a relatively small Norwegian company?• ... gather 350 people from 28 nationalities to Skien, a small town in Norway.• ...making the event the biggest Content Management event in Europe last year. QuickTime™ and a TIFF (Uncompressed) decompressor are needed to see this picture.
  4. 4. How can a relatively small Norwegian company?• Get a customer list like this: • IT/Telecom: MySQL, Mandriva, Zend, Catch, Telenet Belgium, Orange, France Telecom, Phonzo... • Media: National Geografic, Swiss TV, Swiss Radio, Vogue, Prisma pub, Elle... • Educational Institutions: MiT, Copenhagen Business School, INRA, HiO, HiT, HiA... • Non Profit Organizations: Amnesty International, Norwegian Church Aid, OneWorld.net, United Nations, ICBL... • Public Sector: Florida State, Agricoltura Italiana Online, Ministry of Science and Technology Israel, Ministry of Fisheries Norway... • Other institutions: US Navy, NASA, Belgium Nuclear Research Institute, Norwegian National Library, French Ministry of Defence.. • Larger Enterprises:INEO (SUEZ), Sparkassen Informatik, Dorma, KPMG, Hitachi, VPS...
  5. 5. Answer:• The little Norwegian Company is not alone...
  6. 6. Because with...• More than 2 million downloads• More than 27 000 registered community members• More than 175 official partners• That little Norwegian Company is not that little...• eZ ecosystem:
  7. 7. The core values of an open ecosystem• eZ Philosophy:
  8. 8. Where does Open Source come in?• It is the tool that allow Open Innovation to happen!
  9. 9. Some facts about the relative small Norwegian company • eZ systems is the world largest Open Source Content Management Software company • Headquartered in Skien, Norway • Offices in Oslo, Copenhagen, Odessa, Dortmund, Lyon and Vancouver • Main product is eZ Publish, Open Source Content Management System • 85 employees from 23 nationalities
  10. 10. The start in 1999: ”The vision of eZ”• To be a global leading software company • Global position • Global scalable business model• Making software and solutions for information sharing• Following the eZ philosophy • 100 % Open Source, Open Standards, Open Architecture • Open, share and innovate
  11. 11. So why an Open Source business strategy?• It is a business model that creates most value for the entire ecosystem
  12. 12. But how to make money???• When all software is available for free under an Open Source license• Meaning anyone can download, install, use and distribute the software under an open source license
  13. 13. Evolution 1: Services• Consulting• Support• Training
  14. 14. Problem: Going global...
  15. 15. Solution: Partners...
  16. 16. New problem: How to make business with partners?As most of the services are delivered by them???
  17. 17. Evolution 2: Knowledge end expertise• Expert services• Training and certification• Books and knowledge products
  18. 18. Problem: How to scale the business???
  19. 19. Evolution 3: Responsibility• Garantees and unlimited support• Optional extented legal rights from proprietary license options• Automatic maintenance tools and services• Solution sertification
  20. 20. The Enterprise Open Source business model of eZ• Expert services• Knowledge products• Subscriptions with Garantees and unlimited support, proprietary license options, Automatic maintenance tools and services
  21. 21. The Enterprise Open Source of eZ• While this model has less direct license revenue than a normal software model, it is more recurring, which scales from automatic services provided through the subscription model Enterprise Open Traditional Source Services Services Maintenance Maintenance Licenses Licenses
  22. 22. Questions?

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