Case | HBS Case Collection | August 2003

Mercury Computer Systems: The Evolution from Integrated Technology to Open Standard

by Rebecca Henderson and Nancy Confrey

Abstract

For 20 years, Mercury Computer Systems has thrived, providing products and services that support ultrafast processing of real time data. Now Jay Bertelli, the CEO, faces a critical question: How can the firm compete once the standards on which its products are based become publicly available?

Keywords: Data and Data Sets; Open Source Distribution; Strategic Planning; Competitive Strategy; Competitive Advantage; Information Technology; Information Technology Industry;

Citation:

Henderson, Rebecca, and Nancy Confrey. "Mercury Computer Systems: The Evolution from Integrated Technology to Open Standard." Harvard Business School Case 704-424, August 2003.