Companies are making a killing with open source. Google hasn’t done bad with it’s web services and Android OS. Apple has built their entire empire on BSD Unix (it’s what is underneath OSX and iOS) and used open source tools like Webkit to quickly build new offerings like the Safari browser that powers iPhone and iPad. So why don’t IT people get it?
It’s simple: Open source changes the IT game from installation and maintenance to actively building. The focus moves from basic services like installing software, printing and sharing drives to creating new applications and actually automating the flow of information between systems. General purpose IT people are lots of things, but they are not developers. And it is now a developer’s world.