Open vs. Closed

  • June 15, 2010
  • Scott
  • 3 Comments

Interesting article and followup discussion on the nature of Open vs. Closed, by Chris Dixon.  It would be interesting thought experiment to characterize BPM in a similar fashion into dimensions and open/closed plotted against product offerings.  You could imagine this chart from Chris:

OS vs. platform (originally from Tom Elsenmann, et al)

We could list on the left column, database, appserver, etc.  But perhaps the most relevant items would be:

End User (browser-based, likely)

Authoring User (BPMN visualization)

Authoring User (BPMN data)

Engine (BPM engine)

Solution Provider (SIs, value added software resellers)

Platform Sponsor (BPM suite supplier)

At least, its interesting to think about the BPM space and what open means- each vendor is open and “closed” in different ways, which has an impact depending on the consumers of that solution.

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