Importance of Open source technologies
There was a time when open source was considered the second best available option. The philosophy of open source had yet to penetrate the hardcore software driven, hardware dependent corporate organizations. The whole open source movement was seen as a rather factionist approach to the software revolution that was going to thrust our lives into the world of productivity.
However, for me the role was changed when my undergraduate university chose Fedora as the platform to base its end user library management services. The whole new library management system with the university journal access for our campus went open source. Such was the power of open source that the labour and network intensive requirements were shattered by the simple and efficacious open source library management system. In the end, it led to an effective and user friendly implementation of the electronic library repository across all the departments and schools under our university. Simple yet effective has been the driving message when it comes to open source technologies and platform.
Look at Github, at about 27 million different projects being hosted on it, more and more coders and project managers are realising the efficacy of open source technologies. Open source also has the crowd sourcing as a benefactor which has played a pivotal role in network security and exposing zero day threats on the internet. Open source today has penetrated data centres, development teams at major software giants and even financial companies have gone down the open source technologies avenue. They have utilised and distributed over hundreds of different projects and leads in projects which have been made public in one form or another.
Open source is also a big driver of innovation. Due to no restriction barriers on usage and distribution, teams and pick and choose their tools and craft bespoke content, projects and softwares out of open source technologies. A case in point is open stack, Hadoop and other similar technologies that have become an innate part of global business environment.
As explained in the first instance where my educational institution went open source for its library management needs. Many software and hardware companies today are leveraging the open source technologies to help them rise to modern day business challenges. This saves them money and as spoken earlier, leaves room to innovate giving the reins of development and subsequent usage of developed material within the hands of developers and coders. Such freedom is liberating and attracts a lot of talent that would like to hone its skill and contribute to a companies growth.
Open source technologies such as Github and Jira have therefore helped a lot of diverse teams in collaborating better when working in teams on projects. Such open source technologies engage and encourage the team members to become useful cogs within the larger team machinery. Sandisk back in 2014 started with an independent post for open source technology officer to help them understand the employee needs better and help the creativity to be invested back in there projects.
As the tech community grows and the bidding for talent pool increases, open source technologies helps new businesses and organizations gain an identity. Open source technologies help these ventures include even bigger projects and as the delivery depends upon the talent of the team, open source enables them to do that with ease.
In terms of security, the rapidly growing open source technology and its wide ranging implications has led to rapid developments. Developments in terms of network security experts and open source enthusiasts jumping on each and every opportunity to make the open source safer and less susceptible to threats.
Overall, open source technologies have come a long way from being the outcast known by few to a major turnkey player which has created a parallel industry.