"Next time you're in a conversation about open source software, you'll know just what to say."
From my opensource.com article published this morning....
If your organization is struggling to take advantage of the open source software (OSS) market, here are some proven ways it can help you achieve truly transformative success particularly if you are implementing DevOps.
1. New opportunities
- Having the source code enables an OSS user to create derivative works resulting in market-differentiating, value-added services.
- Appropriate governance provides an OSS user the opportunity to create business-focused features that may influence industry patterns of practice.
2. New business modelsUse market position to your advantage by deciding which OSS capabilities should be standard and open to anyone and where you would like to compete with proprietary offerings. You can continuously alter the competitive landscape to benefit your customers. Effectively, your OSS product strategy can define and maintain the boundary between the "red and blue ocean" for your industry's core technology.
- NextGen Connect offers one example of this business model narrowly focused on healthcare data interoperability. Its product offerings range from OSS to proprietary appliance-oriented options, with the latest features appearing first in the proprietary versions. The line between OSS and commercial/proprietary is constantly shifting with market demands and opportunities.
- The commercial-to-OS software continuum also supports trends that focus on the monetization of data and services rather than software license revenue.
In contrast, OSS components and solution stacks allow a much finer degree of control and ability to abstract underlying technologies from business processes. Your roadmaps become your own, independent of a vendor's feature and release schedules.
OSS communities tend to coalesce around deploying the simplest solution in the shortest amount of time. Having access to components' source code allows direct, rapid intervention if needed. The response to the Heartbleed vulnerability incident of 2013 is a good example. Open source based applications consuming affected components could be patched quickly because there was no need to wait on an official vendor supported patch. Users could independently weigh risk and patch as they determined best.
5. Time to market
Making the open source argument is worth the effort. Community-based software development has proven its value in some of the most challenging spaces. Marketplace competitive forces suggest that any business turning a blind eye to the open source movement is ceding a significant advantage to competitors. Just as low-cost, shared resources on the internet have dramatically reduced the barrier to entry when it comes to infrastructure, the rapidly evolving breadth and quality of open source components will quickly alter the competitive landscape across many vertical marketplaces.
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