UPDATED 11:01 EST / MAY 27 2013

Open Source is a Mindset, says Appcelerator CEO

While covering the launch of Appcelerator Enterprise Platform at Mountain View last week, we enjoyed a short chat with Jeff Haynie, co-founder and CEO of Appcelerator.

Haynie explained that his company’s new enterprise platform is important because it leverages mobility, cloud, and Big Data. These three game-changing advancements have really transformed the way the enterprise does business. We are moving away from package software deployed inside of middleware and enterprise app software that has been the trend for the last 15 years, and now towards on-demand subscription-oriented software, Haynie says.

Appcelerator has been around for a little over six years with 145 employees worldwide, and has raised a total of $50 million in venture capital to date. They’ve been building the Enterprise Platform for some time now, a portion of which was initially materialized through one of Appcelerator’s widely deployed platforms, Titanium. About 10 percent of the smartphones today run at least one Titanium or one Appcelerator-built app. The community and technology around Titanium and Appcelerator is vital, and it’s the core DNA of their new Enterprise platform.

“We’re really super excited about the platform because it connects what Titanium does for build, and what the (enterprise) platform does for the rest of the lifecycle,” said Haynie. “You know, how do we think about testing? How do we think about performance and analytics once the applications go live?”

Open source is a mindset

 

Haynie also talked about how Appcelerator leverages with open-source while also giving back to its investors. For him, open-source does not necessarily mean free. It’s more like a mindset that enables a company to build technology through the benefit of a community that help each other innovate by expanding the innovation curve to prevent them from getting locked in to one proprietary system. “If you’re a platform company, you have to be open-source at some degree,” Haynies added.

The Appcelerator CEO was also quick to point out the rationale behind his company’s business model.

“We’ve tried to pick some of the most important components of our platform like Titanium, like Alloy, like Studio, and a number of other technologies –core technologies that are a part of our platform. We’ve packaged them in a way that enterprises want to buy. Enterprises ultimately don’t want to assemble a whole bunch of technology together; they want a solution. They want something that they can really put inside. They know it works, it’s all integrated, and it really helps them solve real business problems.”

Check out the video below to watch the full interview!


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