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mpouraryan
mpouraryan
1/27/2016 1:35:19 AM
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Re: No brainer...
Interesting analogy--but I hope you don't mind if I humbly disagree becuase I view nature frankly of a higher plain.    Anyone who does not embrace open source as a central tenant of their strategy is doomed to fail.    I may be way off on this--but look at the evolution we've seen.

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ms.akkineni
ms.akkineni
1/26/2016 10:57:21 PM
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Re: No brainer...
Very well explained. I like the way you related with Plants and Animals. It is pretty obvious that any company would set aside primary revenue makers and then would think about anything beyond.

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mhhf1ve
mhhf1ve
1/26/2016 10:07:31 PM
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Re: No brainer...
> "There is no turning back.."

I don't see an end to proprietary software. I think the analogy is similar to biology -- where open source is the plant kingdom and closed source is the animal kingdom. There are a lot more plants, and animals feed off the plants -- but the animals aren't going away. There's some symbiosis that makes both kingdoms better. Plants need the animals to perform certain tasks that they don't do well. Likewise, open source needs closed source projects to help fund things. Most of the open source code is funded by companies that make huge profits off of some closed source software.

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mpouraryan
mpouraryan
1/26/2016 9:19:31 PM
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Re: Kudos....
That's indeed the case--Amazon is eating away at Walmart's core business--Walmart has to work to adapt--and adapt it is doing through this initiative and streamlining operatoins--it just announced it is closing 269 Stores.

 

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mpouraryan
mpouraryan
1/26/2016 9:18:05 PM
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Re: No brainer...
You are being gracious in acknowledging the role of propiertary software.     even the kings of yesteryear in closed ecosystems, Microsoft & apple, have acknowledged that they to adapt to the changing landscape.    There is no turning back. 

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ms.akkineni
ms.akkineni
1/26/2016 8:08:29 PM
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Re: Kudos....
@mporaryan:

It is certainly a breez to witness this trend. And as you pointed out sustainability is sonething that we need to watch out for. While the other thing that I am unsure about is the real intent behind this. I recall reading something like Walmart is trying to compete with AWS (Amazon Web Services). But again nothing wrong to compete as long as it's healthy one and there is a clear vision for its own initiative besides pulling crowd from AWS just for a short term.

Here is the link to the news article that I mentioned.

http://www.techrepublic.com/article/walmart-goes-to-war-with-amazon-over-open-source/  

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mhhf1ve
mhhf1ve
1/26/2016 7:56:09 PM
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Making clouds with lower barriers to switch is interesting...
Making it easier to switch between different cloud platforms (Azure vs RackSpace, etc) could also possibly be a jab at Amazon's AWS... But it doesn't look like Walmart made it easier for developers to switch away from Amazon's platform.

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mhhf1ve
mhhf1ve
1/26/2016 7:52:57 PM
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No brainer...
Any company that wants to have software development talent needs to release open source software these days.. or else they'll never find any developers with experience (or even possible experience) with the code that matters to their business. It's not entirely altruistic for Walmart (or Google or Facebook or Apple or Microsoft) to release code as open source. Keeping software proprietary is the best way to keep it from being used at all... 

Proprietary software has its place, but for fast-paced development that isn't necessarily a "core" part of a business's revenue stream, it should probably be open source. Google makes a lot of its software open source -- except for its search algorithms.... 

 

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mpouraryan
mpouraryan
1/26/2016 6:45:03 PM
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Kudos....
Walmart's State Mission is to 'save money so that people can live better".  It is gratifying to see the mission extend to not only the retail side, but also the back office side.    The question is whether they will further sustain this--and whether others will take advantage of it.  I would argue it is an existential choice for Walmart as it continues to deal with the Amazon juggernaut

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