"We're finding that the software industry is behaving like the real world. For example, no one asks which platform your box runs on," she said.
The proliferation of open source, though, has brought about new issues, Polese said. "Abundance really creates the problem of what works with what," she said. In 2005 alone, for example, almost 500 combinations of PHP (Hypertext Preprocessor), Apache and MySQL were released, Polese said.
Polese cited her own company's offerings as a solution to this problem. SpikeSource fills a need for "chaos consolidators," gathering information from various sources and doing testing to validate interoperability.
SpikeSource at OSBC this week unveiled Spike Stack for Sugar Professional, she noted. This serves as an integrated stack between SpikeSource, SugarCRM and MySQL, she said.
Like SAP's Graf, Polese sees consolidation of systems. A system may be developed, for example, to combine e-mail, a phone, CRM and accounting she said.
"Software itself is getting better at an incredible pace," she said.