Dries Buytaert

Gartner on pricing pressure

In a research note, Gartner predicted what most people already knew: proprietary software is going to face serious pricing pressure from a range of different software trends.

Specifically, Gartner identified seven trends putting pricing pressure on software business models:

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.

Anyway, it looks like Drupal is in good shape: it is open source software with a modular architecture that lends itself to delivering web services. Also, Drupal 6 is all about reaching out to more people; I'm confident that Drupal 6's localization (l10n) and internationalization (i18n) improvements will help us get more traction in Brazil, China and India.

— Dries Buytaert