Keeping other interested parties — both IBMIBM and Novell have developed their own versions of OpenOffice.org — at arm's length may be a mistake, says Creese. "It would make OpenOffice.org stronger in the long run if others had more of a say in the product's direction." Alles zu IBM auf CIO.de
6. How will OpenOffice.org fare in the enterprise market
OpenOffice.org has had bipolar adoption: consumers and small-to-medium-size businesses on one end, and large government and educational institutions on the other.
Oracle says it's going to fill in the missing middle. "We're going to focus on enterprise customers. We're going to build integrations between business intelligence and OpenOffice, and our content-management solutions and OpenOffice," Screven said.
That's a strategy, however, that both IBM (Lotus Symphony and Lotus Notes) and Microsoft (Office and SharePoint) are already pursuing. "Oracle is joining the crowd here," Creese said.