A "perfect storm" of forces is converging that will lead open source to dominate the information technology systems of the travel industry by 2007, according to Marc Fleury, founder, chairman and chief executive officer of JBoss, headquartered in Atlanta.

Fleury said that these forces include the increasing reliance of the entire travel industry on e-commerce, the increasing costs and diminishing margins all travel companies are facing and the growing maturity of open-source software. Fleury said that this "perfect storm" would eventually lead many travel companies to reassess technology costs and associated benefits.

"The travel industry is fiercely competitive and profit margins are tight. In recent years, the industry has deployed a number of technologies to support online bookings. This requires the use of innovative technology that offers a lower total cost of ownership," Fleury said.

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