Why do they bother?
Why does SAP send a senior executive like Peter Graf (left), executive vice-president of marketing, to an open source conference in San Francisco in order to dismiss open source?
Yes, we know that the software business is consolidating. Yes, we know large enterprises have fewer choices, and some are starting to pay monopoly rents.
But that does NOT mean open source is doomed. Neither does the fact that the companies supporting open source are small. Not all applications used by enterprises are enterprise applications.
Graf doesn't get it. Open source isn't about the scale of a particular supplier. It's the scale of the community that counts. And customers are a big part of it. Which isn't true in closed source.
It's becoming a Seinfeld bit. You're all doomed yadda yadda yadda have we told you about our love for open source? Microsoft has learned this. Oracle has learned this. SAP will in time.