In early March, top enterprise-technology executives gathered for a panel discussion at the Structure Data conference in San Francisco to discuss how to build thriving communities of open-source developers–and create commercially successful businesses at the same time.
Monetizing free, open-source software is obviously a challenge on many levels. But the panelists discussed several ways for making open-source a viable business model, including building enterprise-ready extensions on top of the software or selling software as a premium, “software-as-a-service” offering. All agreed that the future of enterprise software lies with open source.
Panelists included Billy Bosworth, CEO of cloud-database provider DataStax; Jason Forget, chief revenue officer for Redis Labs, a data-store company; Aaron Katz, senior VP of worldwide field operations for Elastic, a next-generation, data-infrastructure company; and Girish Pancha, CEO of StreamSets, which provides performance-management technology for enterprise data flows. The panel was moderated by Max Schireson, an executive-in-residence at Battery Ventures and the former CEO of open-source database company MongoDB.