Open source software in the service of modern enterprise

In open source, new ideas spread quickly and innovations can be installed based on the previous ones.

It’s hard to imagine a world without the Internet. The system that powers almost every aspect of how we work, learn, and communicate with billions of people around the world is powered by millions of computers.

None of this would be possible without an extraordinary innovation that many have not heard of: open source software. More than thirty years ago, a small group of computer engineers created Linux, the free operating system that will power the Internet, cell phones, self-driving vehicles and most of the computers we use today.

Open source software helps some of the world’s largest companies connect digitally with their customers, connecting and securing modern apps and APIs (application programming interfaces) around the world.

These companies choose products based on open source standards because they know they represent innovative change, now and in the future. In addition, open source technologies are preferred because they work in the toughest Internet environments and because thousands of developers ensure software security.

Here’s why you should also consider it for your business.

Collaboration is at the heart of change

Open source software is based on the idea that all software should be freely available to everyone. A big contrast to the fact that back then all computer systems used very expensive proprietary software and devices.

If a large company wants to change its software to create a new business idea, it must first hire an IT person, at a high price, to make the change. A small business probably can’t have such costs.

Open source unleashes the transformative potential of any business, or any individual, anywhere in the world. Open source has created the concept of communities of software developers working together to solve complex technological problems, whose results are freely available to all.

Today, every major tech company, be it Apple, Google, Facebook, Tesla, Netflix, or others has accepted open source as a major part of their offerings.

However, open source is not limited to Silicon Valley companies. It has also been embraced by large businesses that are redefining the way technology enables their business in the 21st century. Automakers use it to make self-driving cars. Healthcare companies use it to find cures for diseases faster. Retail companies are using it to completely change the way they shop, ship products, and interact with supply chains.

In open source, new ideas spread quickly and innovations can be installed based on the previous ones.

Ultimately, companies choose to use open source technologies because they offer the best of both worlds. They have access to leading innovations in artificial intelligence, APIs, security, machine learning and cloud-native applications. Plus, they can do it without having to hire hundreds of in-house engineers.

Your API is your business

Modern business chooses open source because in today’s world, every business decision is, in fact, a technology decision. Some of the most powerful companies are represented by only one API in the world. And successful companies should be as good at delivering software as they are at building vehicles, making new drugs or funding capital markets.

Modern business chooses open source because it wants access to the best software developers in the world and because it wants to transform itself because it knows that its future investments will work in the next generation of technologies.

For modern business, it’s about balancing the strictness of industry regulations with the threats of disruptive startups. It must strike a balance between security and stability and between innovation and agility. In the past, these trade-offs were binary decisions. All of that has changed in open source.

Modern business can now have access to the same software used by Silicon Valley tech giants. It can build applications using the same patterns (“cloud-native microservices”) that allow tech giants to make changes to their software hundreds of times a day.

Challenges to overcome

As we have seen, the open approach has many advantages, but what we do know is that almost every business is a complex mix of technologies, old and new, open and closed. The next exciting stage in the evolution of enterprise computing will see blurred lines between proprietary software and open source software, with integration and heterogeneity becoming a priority.

However, in order for the transition to be successful, companies need to be careful and select the perfect network application developer. It is very important to find a qualified expert to select technologies.

Can your application networking solution interact with your legacy data center workloads as well as the cloud? Can your API security system detect new logical attacks? Honestly, how you interface your open source solutions in often very diverse environments will make all the difference in the years to come.

Conclusion: The big attraction of future computing models is the freedom from which companies can take advantage of the best open and proprietary technologies side by side, regardless of their origin or nature. And, like the Internet, modern business will be built on the shoulders of open innovation.

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