7 Reasons To Get Serious About Your Open Source Strategy - Built In
Does your company help steer the open-source projects it relies on? Would in-house software projects benefit from outside contributors? Is there somebody in the organization responsible for answering those questions?
These days, admitting that open source is a viable software-development model isn’t enough. Companies also have to set open-source strategies that make sense for their technical and business goals.
Cheryl Hung, VP of ecosystem at Cloud Native Computing Foundation, heads up the foundation’s community of users and advises startups about their open-source strategies. Often, she told me, companies’ open-source programs are entirely bottom up, with individual developers taking the reins. That’s not a bad thing, but more organized programs can help companies make the most of developers’ time — and the available open-source tools.
Some company leaders will take enthusiastically to open-source programs, others won’t. Either way, here are seven components to a strong proof of concept for a new or expanded open-source program.