Andy McCue at Silicon.com points to a Gartner report that, in many ways, reiterates what we’ve all been seeing.

“Gartner has identified seven major trends converging to change software delivery models, reduce dependence on the giant application vendors and force prices down.

These include business process outsourcing; software as a service (SaaS); low-cost development environments, such as China and India, combined with modular architectures and service-oriented architectures; the emergence of third-party software maintenance and support; growing interest in open source; the rise of Chinese software companies; and the expansion of the Brazilian, Chinese and Indian markets.”

Regarding OSS:

“Although Gartner says open source won’t topple the likes of IBM and Microsoft the analyst believes it will put pressure on traditional software margin structures, particularly in areas such as servers, operating systems, development tools and database technologies.”

I’ve seen customers using OSS as a negotiation tool to get lower prices on commercial enterprise software. This will surely continue.

Captain Obvious, over and out.