For those of you investigating open source solutions, check out The VAR Guy's Open Source 50 report on our sister site. The free report identifies the top 50 open source companies building channel partner programs. Fingers crossed, we think it's the first report of its kind. And yes, The Open Source 50 is based on real data and real research -- just like the MSPmentor 100. Here are some of the highlights.
The Open Source 50 ranks vendors based on such variables as:
- Overall partner ecosystem size
- Annual partner network growth (in raw numbers)
- Annual partner network percentage growth
- Percent of revenue derived from partners
- Internal employees per channel partner
- The VAR Guy’s intense, daily coverage of open source in the IT channel
Methods to our MadnessIn order to be considered for The Open Source 50, companies had to complete a comprehensive online survey, which The VAR Guy and Nine Lives Media Inc. conducted from October 2008 until December 18, 2008. In addition,
The VAR Guy’s team reached out to dozens of open source companies and their solutions providers to round out the report.
Give The Open Source 50 a look. Constructive criticism (as always) is welcome. And stay tuned: The new MSPmentor 100 report will debut in February.
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