1What’s Driving Companies to Launch Open-Source Programs
The majority of organizations—and nearly three-quarters of large enterprises—have either launched a formal open-source program or plan to do so, according to a recent survey from the Linux Foundation. The programs are intended to improve code needed for both internal purposes and for external, commercial products. They also encourage a stronger “open-source culture,” with increased recruitment of developers to work on these projects. As a result, IT expects to benefit through faster, more efficient code production. Nearly 750 engineers, developers and additional IT professionals—as well as non-IT C-level execs/managers—took part in the research. The following slide show presents survey highlights, with charts provided courtesy of the Linux Foundation.
2Open-Source Programs Proliferate
3Open Source Drives Internal Efforts
4Adopters Likelier to Contribute Code Upstream
5Developers Rise in Demand
6Companies Seek to Cultivate Culture Change
7Programs Intended to ‘Own’ Strategy
Another key role for open-source programs is to “own” an open-source strategy, as cited by 73 percent of respondents with an existing program. The same percentage also indicated that the open-source program enables team members to communicate the open-source strategy both within and outside the company.
8Businesses Take ‘Inside/Out’ Approach to Open Source
9Strategy Requirements Bring Struggles
In ranking the biggest challenges of establishing an open-source program, 54 percent of respondents who are planning to adopt a program cited strategy-related issues, such as planning a strategy. Just over one-third cited the need to set an open-source policy, as well as the need to gain executive support/buy-in.
10Quality of Culture Looms Large
11Need for Speed Prevails
Among organizations with an existing open-source program, 44 percent measure success by their developers’ velocity, efficiency and/or productivity. Nearly two of five of those planning such a program intend to use this as a key success metric as well.