The next big wave in the software arena is the Open Adoption Software (OAS). It is now the norm for companies to adopt open source technologies instead of being an exception. This empirical shift in outlook is due to the way developers opt for open-first approach to building solutions.
Redrawing of the enterprise IT stack is slowly defining the way companies are generating millions of dollars in revenue every year, from real enterprise customers by selling proprietary, value-added products around their open projects. This new wave in the Open Adoption of Software is not only displacing incumbent markets, but also creating entirely new ones. The Open Adoption Software (OAS) companies are primed to build meaningful businesses and drive large economic outcomes.
OAS brings new focus to businesses:
Companies built on Open Adoption Software are different. They go through the three phases of company building: Project, Product and Profit. Companies built atop these “3Ps” model need to look similar and be held to similar financial standards as the traditional enterprise software businesses, by the time they make it into the “Profit” phase.
OAS driven by customers:
Customers will forever drive software innovation, profit and control of the projects. The use of free software instead of proprietary software allow institutions and even federal government to start the wave in open source software adoption. The promise of better control over information technology and capability with open software is driving customers towards this new model.
Trends dictating Open Adoption Software:
- Better control and speed: A projects success depends on getting across the finishing line with rapid delivery and innovation. Being locked in by the vendor’s proprietary software will only delay this success. Open platform allow companies to move faster and integrate at a deeper level without the fear of lock-in by removing the dependency on proprietary vendors. They can innovate to their own requirements at any time.
- Everything is Web Scale:Enterprises are delivering solutions to a global, ever connected base of users. They are serving millions of end users worldwide, through their apps. Traditional proprietary vendors, are unable to deal with this onslaught of data and user scale. But many of the early open source pioneers like Google, LinkedIn, and Facebook have dealt with these problems and are contributing much of their learning’s to the open community.
- Developer Power and Network effects: Enterprises are encouraging developers to download open source software that allow them to deploy and meaningfully participate in community led forums. It can lead to exponential growth of innovation with developer networks around it. Open software can absorb the learnings and requirements much faster than a proprietary vendor, while simultaneously hardening security and stability. It is also safe.
Every wave of software has made it easy for enterprises to adopt it. This has happened a lot faster and has reached a broader audience. The current OAS wave has enabled developer community innovation with greater accessibility. OAS not only represents a new way to provide innovative functionality, but is also a delivery model innovation for developers.
Open Adoption Software companies will drive adoption much faster than the proprietary counterparts, but it is not the answer for all. It is important for these companies to select which areas of the product will be open or not to monetize sufficiently. Their success will definitely drive the future of open source adoption.
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