Flemming T Christensen on Quality Collaboration
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Today, on June 1st 2011, Oracle announced (link here) that they have contributed the OpenOffice software to the Apache Software Foundation incubator. For IBM, Oracle's move fits well with our focus on open standards. The near future will reveal what actions will trigger each other like domino pieces, but one thing is for sure: You can expect to see a variety of organizations joining the OpenOffice project under the auspices of the Apache Software Foundation and contributing to it. You can certainly expect to see such contributions from IBM. In the IBM Collaboration Solutions area, the most immediate connection is with our free IBM Lotus Symphony software, which is based on OpenOffice technology. IBM has already announced publicly our intent to contribute to the project, because we see it facilitating continued development and long term viability of OpenOffice. You can find the IBM press release here. As the release points out, IBM has a history of contributing to Apache projects, including the start of the Eclipse Foundation. This is an exciting development for Lotus Symphony and for our clients. And for our Symphony Live code now under development. The added focus on the Open Document Format, and the ODF Toolkit assets under the ODF Toolkit Union, will only benefit users of our software. From a pure quality perspective, the cooperation of a wider set of contributing organizations is generally speaking a good thing. Not that open source software systematically outperforms commercial software on quality, but the breadth of involvement and usage generally promotes quality, albeit in a slightly different way. Expect further innovation in the area of personal productivity software.