Was thinking about if I ever became an industry analyst and could throw my integrity out the window, I could give the typical defense which would go something like “our enterprise clients are reluctant to commit mission-critical applications to untried and untested – and most importantly, unsupported software” and there is, it should be said, a kernel of truth in that respect.
Another perspective is that analysts should publish more detailed views and embrace open source to no less a degree than commercial ISVs such as IBM, Microsoft, Sun and Oracle.
James is good enough to say some nice things about RedMonk and our approach and how we’re addressing some of his concerns.
The guys over at RedMonk not only report on open source products, but actually have done their part to contribute to it. Check out one of their papers they contributed to the community free of charge on Compliance Oriented Architecture.
Maybe the next step is to get several analysts who blog to expose themselves to a vocal audience. Maybe they could ping this entry’s trackback and let the dialog begin. Online audiences routinely discuss, debate and refute industry analyst research – and in a few cases, specific industry analysts.
He asks for trackbacks from interested parties. well i am one. You know what? I would be more than proud to call Hartford a client. If you want to discuss a relationship, open source or otherwise, just say the word James. And you know what – i like Kungfu movies too – Jet Li’s Legend series is probably my favourite. My bet is on Burton Group joining the conversation.
Do you use Bugzilla?