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Phil Ogilvie

Phil Ogilvie

Phil Ogilvie has more than 25 years experience in the development and execution of business and information technology strategy. As both a senior manager and consultant, Phil has worked for organisations ranging from small entrepreneurial start-ups to global multi-national companies. Phil specialises in initiating, leading and driving transformational programmes of work that help companies make significant performance improvements. Phil has deep experience throughout the business improvement lifecycle. He is equally comfortable with the upfront strategy, analysis, and solution design work as he is leading delivery programmes and projects. Phil is also equally comfortable leading business or IT initiatives, having experience in running business-only initiatives, such as process improvement projects, and in running IT-enabled initiatives, such as ERP or CRM implementations.

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Why Open Source Thrives on Cooperative Competition

Although I’ve spent the majority of my career on the consulting side of the fence I’ve also spent ten years on the client side, in senior IT roles, where I purchased a lot of software.  It was in 2006 that software sales people started offering alternatives to the traditional model of licence plus annual maintenance for proprietary software. These sales people were offering SaaS solutions and subscription-based open source software, neither of which I seriously contemplated buying.  Given that SaaS and open source software are now an everyday part of the IT landscape - why was I entirely unwilling to consider them a dozen or so years ago? The answer is simple. In neither case did they offer the benefits they do today, and, worse, the people selling them struggled to articulate what the real benefits of their offerings actually were. For the purposes of this post I’ll leave the SaaS model aside to instead focus on open source software. 

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