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Wrapping Up FOSS Predictions for 2010 with a Look Back
I love end of year predictions. Whether they're right or wrong is one thing, but it's valuable to imagine various scenarios of what might happen. Taking the

new business ideas for 2010  such questions to gain new relevancy. How open do you have to be? How closed must you be? I talked about some of these business models a few years ago with various open source ERP companies. And indeed, there ought to be consideration given to the value in a community version versus other versions. Aside from the Gartner blog post, there was also a recent Gartner press release predicting that open source BI tool adoption will grow five-fold through 2012 . They also mention that it was once considered

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Product Development and Portfolio Management

The Product Development and Portfolio Management Knowledge Base covers the execution processes of new product development projects and programs, including phase-gate processes. It also addresses Product Portfolio Management (PPM), including the evaluation processes of new and existing products and product portfolios to provide the most valuable, balanced, and well aligned portfolio of products.  

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