Onur Alp Soner

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Onur Alp Soner is the co-founder of Countly which is the company behind the first open source mobile analytics platform Countly Analytics. Countly Analytics is used in 93 countries for thousands of applications to build a better mobile future for us all.

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Hi Alexander,

There is definitely a change in the enterprise market especially thanks to enterprise software startups that care about design. From my own experience (we do have an enterprise product) I can say that design makes a huge difference while selling to big companies. Here is the world famous <a href="http://web.archive.org/web/20020228043339/http://www.atlassian.com/beta/jira/screenshots.jsp">JIRA's first edition in 2002</a> and <a href="https://www.atlassian.com/software/jira">the latest version</a>. We can see a perfect implementation of popular design practices. I believe it is younger startups like GitHub that fuel these kinds of changes and it is quickly spreading.

I agree that GIMP is quite powerful at this point but I think it still lacks the ease of use that Photoshop or similar Adobe (although all acquired by) products made us accustomed to. I hope I didn't make the impression that I hate GIMP because I don't and I have a huge respect to the team that developed and still developing a pretty big/useful project like that. My main point here is if Peter or someone with a similar vision was on board from the very beginning GIMP would have been in a different place and have the user base it deserves.