Which will prevail in the future - open or closed CAD/CAM systems?

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I think they will both co-exist. Look at the mobile OS category... one of the LARGEST companies in the world by revenue: Apple. They hold 40% of the mobile phone market, also: iTunes, Beats by Dre, Apple Music. Apple has successfully cultivated strong business relationships and they leverage their closed and well-controlled system to generate revenue (similar to 3shape perhaps). On the other hand, Google and Android control the remainder of the mobile phone market. This Android market is a bit segmented, Samsung being the front-runner with LG, Motorola, Sony, Asus, Huawei etc. all producing phones. (Medit, DOF, imetric, Open Technologies etc.)
 
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iphones are now open to run on any network now, I think.
iTunes, apple music, all available on android.
I vote open.
 
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As long as there is a demand, there will be room for both. Some labs prefer the all in one solution, while others prefer the ability to scale and adapt with an open system. To each his own.
 
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Given how things evolve, I think it is a good bet to go with open systems...you can adapt quite quickly if necessary.
 
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Look at your phone. LG, Samsung, Huwai. Doesn't matter. As long as it's not Apple. 10 years ago all of them, any phone, had a near or fully proprietary connector to charge or upload to a pc. Now only Apple seems to be the holdout. If you believe that the extra momey spent on 'being different' is making a superior product you are welcome to that belief, but I'll think you haven't been paying attention.

However Apple does offer one benifit. A walled garden. If you want your choices narrowed down or partially made for you by fiat, or want to feel like it is by some metric 'safer' there you go. But it is certainly not a choice I will ever willingly make.

There is certainly a group of compelling reasons for closed systems, it's all taken care of by one group so you'll hear less of 'that's not our fault-talk to your ______ maker/provider/designer/programmer'.

But to be closed and stay competitive, you'd better be so awesome and innovative on *every* part of the workflow, product, or project that prople want to put all their eggs for their future needs in your basket. Very few companies can create continuously at such levels. They just want you to keep buying new charger cables at 5x the price while making evolutionary changes instead of revolutionary steps that they made to get your attention in the first place.
 
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If Apple Vs IBM/Microsoft is any indication, I'd guess that open would have more takers market wise, but that early development in the professional sphere tended to Apple's closed approach, but ultimately open always wins, because development equals out over time.

I'm sure I don't know what I'm talking about, but that's my memory of the pc wars mid '90s. People gravitate to open because it offered better pricing vs reliability. But given enough development time and Apple just seemed overpriced and niche in comparison to blunt market forces.
 
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Different Strokes for Different Folks....I imagine their will be a market for both forever...look at Exocad and Sirona....neither seem to be getting smaller.
 
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