Why Open-Source Is Driving Digital Transformation?
Over the last couple of years, companies across industries are disrupting established businesses with the help of a software centric model. All this is possible by leveraging the agility and speed of the changing technology and tools, this is why, software methodologies are now critical while crafting one’s business strategy. With software strategy now at the front and centre of any business, it’s important to understand the significance of open source.
In today’s world of digital transformation, every business is a data driven business powered by open-source technology. Open source has now become a norm with the GitHub generation of software developers working in the open. The rapid adoption of open source technologies across organizations has provided a network-effect of reliability in resiliency, scalability, affordability and adaptability. Not only are these traits critical to open-source technology, but they are also necessary for successful digital transformations in business. As a result, there is a strong correlation between open source and digital business models. The two now go hand-in-hand, for example when we look at the leaders in digital platforms by market value; Google, Amazon, Facebook and even Apple, they owe so much to open source. Even Microsoft is finally embracing open source technology. The rapid innovation that is happening in open source is transforming the way in which organizations are evolving and conducting themselves.
One of the biggest advantage for adopting of open source technologies within an enterprise where 80 percent to 90 percent of IT spend is on maintenance of proprietary software licensing, is that it can now spend a significant amount of budget in innovation. The factor that most people think of, of course, is money — the less a company spends on proprietary software, the more it can dedicate to other facets of digital transformation. The adoption will allow companies to derive benefit not only from their own IT employees, or from the employees of proprietary software vendors, but from the whole open source community, this will bring additional value to enterprises in this digital era. One clear case is with Apache Spark and Hadoop’s MapReduce; where one can clearly see that Apache Spark will quickly emerge as a better successor to Hadoop’s MapReduce, and that a new generation will be released soon. You don’t get to witness that kind of speed of innovation in proprietary software. There is an unspoken rule about open source, when there’s a need for a tool, some passionate programmer in the industry will work relentlessly to develop it.
The ability to quickly experiment with new and emerging technologies in a model that does not require companies to make deliberate, long-term investments in proprietary technology has given companies the ability to be inherently more agile in their approach. The agility afforded by open source allows users to add features freely, and reformat, refactor and redevelop their platforms as they find fit for better serving the customer. With open source, companies benefit from the network effect of a larger community. It allows developers a complete access to rapidly prototype and build applications to meet critical business use cases at scale. By using open source software that lets them integrate real-time data, search, and analytics into their applications, companies can truly transform the digital experience for their end users and customers.
At GS Lab we drive the road towards digital transformation by adopting open source technologies for solving our customer’s complex business challenges nurturing the belief that you will get more from the community if you spend equal time in contributing back. In our experience in defining the company’s strategy for open source program, we have come up with following guidelines that would help.
- Licensing: Before adopting or contributing it is always recommended to consult with your legal team to protect your enterprise and your employees who are contributing to the open source code.
- Asset: It is always recommended to have a vision for what you are building, this will help in terms of defining the software development team, technical considerations in terms of IP decisions, code support, liability etc.
- Integration: Adopting integration strategy always helps; not all possible solutions can be built with a single approach; however having a strategy will help capture a bigger use case
- Marketing: The ecosystem of open source is quite huge, having a better marketing strategy for developers, explaining the problem you are trying to solve will help create a community with good number of contributors.
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