The open source and graph database revolutions: How software companies use knowledge as a strategic asset

This case study examines two concurrent trends. Firstly, how software companies have used open and closed innovation strategies to manage their knowledge portfolios and secondly, the increasing popularity of graph database systems as used by Google, Facebook and eBay. The report focuses on the strategies of Neo Technology, Inc. and Objectivity, Inc.

Scope

  • Provides a history of database management systems and how they have evolved as the demands of technology companies have increased.
  • Looks at two competing systems of innovation management, open and closed strategies, in the context of the software market.
  • Details the specific strategies used by the companies behind Neo4j and InfiniteGraph, two prominent graph database products.
  • Demonstrates the ability of technology companies to exploit the nature of open and closed innovation policies at the same time.

Reasons to buy

What are database management systems and why are they important? What is the current state of technology in the industry?

What types of innovation strategies might a company use in order to make the most of its potential?

What are open and closed innovation strategies and can they be used together? How have they been applied in the software industry?

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Table of Contents

OVERVIEW

Catalyst

Summary

STORING AND EXPLORING INFORMATION

The world of database management systems

From hierarchical to relational databases

From data warehouses to cloud computing

From ...

OVERVIEW

Catalyst

Summary

STORING AND EXPLORING INFORMATION

The world of database management systems

From hierarchical to relational databases

From data warehouses to cloud computing

From big data to graph databases

CLOSED INNOVATION STRATEGIES

Internal research as a strategic asset

Proprietary software licensing as closed innovation

InfiniteGraph's closed innovation strategy is potentially limiting

OPEN INNOVATION STRATEGIES

External research as a strategic asset

Open source software licensing as open innovation

Neo4j's open innovation strategy leads to an expanded customer base

CONCLUSIONS

The database for a networked world

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