Open Innovation with Open Source

Open Innovation with Open Source

The digital revolution has profoundly changed the way IT contributes to the value creation of many businesses. Companies and governments across the world are now moving towards innovative, IT-driven systems, but they discover that those systems rely more than ever on an agile and scalable IT infrastructure. At the same time, something that did not use to be at the core of most of their activities, IT, has taken center stage due to digital transformation. Many businesses and public administrations now want to regain some control over their IT technologies in order to better control their own value chain.

Those two factors have resulted in open source software (OSS) being an interesting alternative. Why? Because OSS is collaborative by design, and by mutualizing investments in the non-differentiating stacks, it frees up funds for the key differentiators. By opening established markets, it fuels competition. As such, it strongly promotes innovation. But the short history of IT has proven one thing: there is no IT panacea. Open source also has its drawbacks, especially when it comes to IT’s main nemesis, complexity. And it requires sufficient IT capacities and a good understanding of open source communities and ecosystems.

Still, OSS is at the core of most of today’s infrastructure projects (networking, cloud, OS etc.) and it dominates software development. Many of the major cloud platforms are now open source-based, providing agile, scalable infrastructure along with better control over the IT part of the value chain.
Digital transformation needs a well-balanced approach that incorporates the best of open source and proprietary software, aimed at business innovation and collaboration. This also includes operational technologies (OT), which need to keep up with innovation to allow for the digital transformation of production systems. This new way of creating digital – IT-based – infrastructures has several spearheads: microservices, DevOps and IoT platforms. In this sense, open source is a forerunner, and now a key catalyst of one of the most important axes of digital transformation, open innovation. 

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