For once, I knew about this and even the name! for 2 months and kept my promise and kept my mouth shut. Of course I have been so busy the past two weeks that I went completely dark and am just seeing it now.
Good luck Stuart! I'd love to see this take off. Can't help but think I played a role in inspiring it :)
Update 22-APR-2007 I wrote this when I was totally fried from a busy week and travel. Now that I read it with a rested mind, I'm even more excited.
Here are some excerpts from the press release:
Former Open Source Development Labs (OSDL) CEO Stuart Cohen today launched a new company that will solve shared enterprise IT problems by bringing together companies to develop software at half the cost of outsourcing. The company, Collaborative Software Initiative (CSI), is pioneering a market-changing process that applies open source methodologies to business communities facing similar IT challenges.
CSI is initially working with industry leaders HP, IBM and Novell to help vertical industries identify and scope projects where collaboration among industry peers can meet requirements quicker and with less expense.
Government and industry standards are driving much of today's software development, prompting IT managers to outsource fundamental projects that require too much time and money. CSI offers a better way, based on more than 10 years of proven methodologies in open source development. This approach, called Collaborative Software, is software developed or acquired by a variety of like-minded companies at a fraction of internal development or outsourcing costs. For applications that don't enable competitive advantage or are associated with non-value added activities such as compliance, Collaborative Software allows business managers to maintain individual control and direction over a project while accelerating compliance, reducing costs and consolidating project timelines.
"Free and open source software principles are carrying the software market forward and putting older, largely proprietary, ways of doing business to the test," said Eben Moglen, chair of the Software Freedom Law Center and pioneer in the FOSS movement. "By adapting these principles to collaborative computing among industries, the CSI is formalizing an important step in the FOSS evolution."
Looks like my 2007 predictions are trending well :)
Specifically, point #9: Community Source Software will slowly start to take off in industry verticals as more executives grok the possibilities and come to terms with the fact that they are already sharing industry vertical software with their competitors; they just don't have access or any control of the source code. Look for a success or two in 2007 which will set the stage for a pandemic by 2009.