Today, unprecedented changes are fundamentally reshaping how we live and work, impacting communities, businesses, and industries. As the pace of change accelerates along the digital transformation path, organizations must re-evaluate their processes and technologies to stay competitive, remain relevant, and position themselves to succeed in the digital future.
As such, companies are looking to open source to address inevitable challenges – the demand for which is growing exponentially. Now an integral part of the world, 89% of IT leaders across every industry have confirmed enterprise open source is part of their future strategy.
Additionally, 68% have reported an uptake in open source use over the past year, and 59% will increase enterprise open source use over the next 12 months. Countries and organizations alike now have open source strategies, and the rate of innovation is so expansive that it cannot be matched by proprietary vendors.
Innovation is powerful. Because there are mechanisms and business models to take the very best of this innovation and provide support to enterprises, more and more customers are now looking at open source to innovate and achieve sustained success in the long-term. Crucially, open source not only accelerates and fuels innovation, it also contributes to profitability, drives collaboration, enhances skillsets, and brings communities together.
Open source fosters upskilling and boosts the talent pool
While open source drives innovation, it also translates to other areas, upskilling people and enhancing the regional talent pool. Due to the increasing innovation in transformative areas such as IoT, 5G, AI, and blockchain occurring within open source communities, these open cultures subsequently foster improved skillsets and promote more aggressive, proactive approaches in terms of learning from open source communities.
Moreover, organizations can also benefit from newfound capabilities through interaction with an extensive ecosystem of partners. Efforts to build and maintain morale stand to be greatly enhanced, with productivity and creativity similarly boosted.
Across the region, a host of reputable organizations are now exploring how emerging technologies can contribute to progressing innovation through open source communities. Having readily available infrastructure on a pay as you go model, as well as newfound agility to run innovative applications, makes a big difference to the way in which companies can tackle their respective markets.
Open source can fuel innovation for every organization part of the open community, subsequently facilitating collaboration, exchange of skillsets, innovation acceleration, greater profitability, and realizing goals and aspirations.
How open source drives collaboration
The impact of open source is far-reaching, propelling other areas such as collaboration. Because open source brings communities together, proactive collaboration is facilitated which, in turn, further drives innovation, accelerates the innovation space, and enhances open source support frameworks. Open organizations engage all internal departments and external communities, enabling companies to access resources, acquire talent, react quicker, and inspire, encourage, and assist employees at every level. Instead of a top-down decision-making process, people are given the freedom to work on projects and make decisions. Hierarchy is not as important, teams are not limited, and everybody has the right to contribute.
Open source philosophies and methodologies can also help others operate openly and more agile. When open technology and an open organization come together, this results in faster delivery models, new revenue streams and ecosystems of innovations, quicker time to market, and a transformation of culture. Innovation doesn’t have to come from within the four walls of a company or vendor. Innovation can come from anywhere worldwide – something that is being driven exponentially through open source.
There are many prominent open source examples for which people and communities can take inspiration. For instance, Red Hat invests heavily in open source communities, offering time and skills in many upstreams to advance the pace of innovation and support customer agendas. Another is Emirates NBD, who recently built a distributed private cloud platform as part of its digital transformation strategy. The platform now provides a common foundation and access to cloud-native services for internal teams, improving integration, collaboration, and speed of development.
Although business landscapes are evolving with greater complexity, opportunities await to unlock immense transformative potential through open source. Awaiting trends are sure to transform industries in the near future, and a transparent open source culture will be fundamental to success. This is fueling the growth and demand in innovation and open source solutions as we move further into the digital revolution – and continuing to ensure innovation is delivered and emerging technologies’ vast potential unlocked are simultaneous priorities for the wider open source community.
Lee Miles is VP CEMEA at Red Hat