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May 26, 2008


Rajiv Das

In companies which have dedicated research labs you can as a rule of thumb bet that the bottom 20% of the work in the labs is as good as to be found/innovated right out there by the practitioners. The same goes for the top 20% of the work done by practitioners. Given this thin line, the ivory tower model just doesn't cut it. Of course you need top level scientists with background to do the top 80% of research if not less. Compaies like IBM,microsoft and google have huge no of interesting research projects and prototypes that die unsung deaths. These need to be be hobby-productised or maybe even open-sourced.

Paul Maron

I couldn't agree more, but I feel that IBM has a lot to learn here, as well. I work for one of IBM's largest customers, and in the process of moving toward open source technologies, we've decided to eliminate IBM proprietary hardware and software, and go with commodity Red Hat linux/open source. We are now inviting the IBM team to help manage the transition, and join Red Hat to make some necessary enhancements to their products to allow a complete open source platform (specifically, eliminating MQSeries and DB2). We are pressuring IBM to join the collaboration, but they're refusing to do the work Red Hat needs to help us save money. How are we supposed to respond?

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