Democratizing Business Software: Small Business Ecosystems for Open Source Applications

  title={Democratizing Business Software: Small Business Ecosystems for Open Source Applications},
  author={J. Allen},
  journal={Commun. Assoc. Inf. Syst.},
  • J. Allen
  • Published 2012
  • Business, Computer Science
  • Commun. Assoc. Inf. Syst.
Open source has democratized software innovation to an unprecedented degree, but doubts persist as to whether democratized innovation can extend to business applications, where individual developers are not the end users. We report on a new kind of ecosystem around extensions to open source business applications, and examine the types of contributors and contributions relative to previous open source research. Our results show a surprising presence of small businesses, particularly consultants… Expand
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