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A recent post on the techtarget SOA blog shows how many companies are not investing in the right skill set for their projected needs.

Coupled with the article I wrote for Devoxx last December, this is proof how the integration industry’s growth given the current financial situation can be crippled if the right skill-set is not available from the start.

Any company in the open-source industry can see that modern businesses are adopting open-source technologies in an effort to trim costs, stay competitive and not have to sacrifice any functionality.  Yet some people, even today, are scared of open-source software thinking that there are hidden costs that will surface at a later stage. To clarify this misconception:

  1. Open-Source software typically means that there is no license fee for usage of the software. It does not matter how many users there are or how many machines will have this software installed. Contrast this with closed-source software.
  2. Training costs will be there, no matter what software you’re using. Some smaller utilities may be intuitive enough to use without training but any fully-formed product does require training. If you can afford the time, you can experiment with an open-source product and use mailing lists to solve initial problems. This means that your product knowledge will have certain gaps and this is where a proper training program can help.
  3. Consultancy costs may also be there too.  If the software is a critical component of your architecture, you can try winging things alone. Having an experienced professional guide you in this regard is invaluable. This applies whether the software is closed- or open-source.

Here at Ricston, one of the tools we specialise in is Mule, as readers of this blog know.  Our training portfolio is designed to assist budding Mule developers, novice SOA architects and system administrators who intend to use Mule in their upcoming projects.  We also offer Mule consultancy as we recognise that this is what people need the most once their staff is fully trained.