Discovered today that Spikesource has closed a Series B round of financing for $24M. They’ve shifted their “open source stack certification and indeminification” focus to a new one: Business Ready Open Source Solutions (for small to midsize businesses).
Their new focus is one that I cheer, especially since upon leaving Lawson Software last December this was a need I saw crying to be filled and strongly considering pulling together the resources to fill it. With the stellar Spikesource board (including former Oracle Pres/COO, Ray Lane, and former Sun CTO, Bill Joy) and management team of veterans, this is a group that will fulfill that mission in spades.
They’ve basically taken the sweet-spot of applications (Drupal content management; SugarCRM; email, business intelligence and more) and have put ’em in a box selling, servicing and supporting them through a channel of resellers.
This is a big deal development since, as you probably know, open source software has been the bastard child in business due to a lack of a support infrastructure. Could be a game changer.
About Steve Borsch
Connecting the Dots Podcast
Podcasting hit the mainstream in July of 2005 when Apple added podcast show support within iTunes. I'd seen this coming so started podcasting in May of 2005 and kept going until August of 2007. Unfortunately was never 'discovered' by national broadcasters, but made a delightfully large number of connections with people all over the world because of these shows. Click here to view the archive of my podcast posts.