Over recent months I’ve spoken to many end users, software suppliers and channel partners on the topic of openness. The topic is (understandably) emotive and newsworthy so I thought I’d take this opportunity to jot down some opinions I’ve canvassed. For the purposes of this particular post, I’ll try to limit the context to openness relating to the product (design and) lifecycle management software market; relating both to users and the larger software suppliers as well as some of their third party partners. This of course is an open-ended conversation; with many contributors able to add value. Please don’t feel shy to comment.
The word ‘Cloud’ to me denotes a vision on the evolution of user-centric computing. To some, including a senior party to HP’s strategy (who shall remain nameless for obvious reasons), the expression seems to be abused and over-hyped. Let’s face it; it’s a term that most of us can assimilate. Most of the people I speak with seem to understand its general vision and pretty much its implementation; but let’s not haggle over semantics shall we? What’s important is that it’s a valuable proposition to businesses and users alike.