An Opportunity for Free Software Companies: Emerging Market at Developing Countries

Muñoz Hernandez, Susana and Martinez Mateo, Jesus (2009). An Opportunity for Free Software Companies: Emerging Market at Developing Countries. "The European Journal for the Informatics Professional (Upgrade)", v. 10 (n. 3); pp. 51-53. ISSN 1684-5285.

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Title: An Opportunity for Free Software Companies: Emerging Market at Developing Countries
Author/s:
  • Muñoz Hernandez, Susana
  • Martinez Mateo, Jesus
Item Type: Article
Título de Revista/Publicación: The European Journal for the Informatics Professional (Upgrade)
Date: March 2009
ISSN: 1684-5285
Volume: 10
Subjects:
Freetext Keywords: Business Opportunities, Developing Countries, Emerging Markets, Libre Software.
Faculty: Facultad de Informática (UPM)
Department: Matemática Aplicada
Creative Commons Licenses: Recognition - No derivative works - Non commercial

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Abstract

In recent years many aspects of the software business have changed. Software companies have gone from producing software applications and selling their proprietary code to providing open source applications and focusing their business on offering services related to the adaptation, installation, and maintenance of that software, together with related training. Libre software companies use a business model which provides new opportunities in markets where proprietary software is not viable. In this article we describe an interesting business opportunity which is emerging for libre software companies: the software needs of developing countries. These countries are becoming an emerging market for development software, a market which is particularly interesting because, bearing in mind their special needs and constraints, they are a perfect are scenario for the libre software approach. Finally, we will also discuss the influence of a number of catalysts which are really having an effect on this target market.

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Item ID: 7314
DC Identifier: http://oa.upm.es/7314/
OAI Identifier: oai:oa.upm.es:7314
Official URL: http://www.cepis.org/upgrade/files/issue%20III-2009-munozhernandez.pdf
Deposited by: Memoria Investigacion
Deposited on: 08 Jun 2011 10:50
Last Modified: 20 Apr 2016 16:28
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