MySQL, an open source software company grew from a small company $ 10 million in 2004 to a successful company $ 60 million in 2006. As expected, MySQL caught the attention of the three major IT companies IBM, Microsoft and Oracle. Active defense of its high margins, $ 10 billion database pages business to the big three different strategies implemented to combat their open source competitors. Details of these actions and explores MySQL options for maintaining and expanding our business in a step … Read more »

MySQL, an open source software company grew from a small company $ 10 million in 2004 to a successful company $ 60 million in 2006. As expected, MySQL caught the attention of the three major IT companies IBM, Microsoft and Oracle. Active defense of its high margins, $ 10 billion database pages business to the big three different strategies implemented to combat their open source competitors. Details of these actions and explores MySQL options for the maintenance and expansion of our business in an increasingly competitive and hostile environment.
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Robert A. Burgelman,
Christof Wittig
Source: Stanford Graduate School of Business
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Publication Date: Oct 16, 2006. Prod #: SM124B-PDF-ENG
MySQL Open Source Database 2006 (B) HBR case solution