Open Source Does Not Have an Insecurity Complex


Innovation is a Team Sport and Communities Rule in the Democratization of Development

The opportunities created by digital transformation have created a new wave of collaboration between peers and businesses that has sparked many of the rapid technological innovations available today. Rapid innovation is crucial for success in today’s highly competitive world and leveraging broader technology communities can help businesses stay competitive. Companies are now increasingly adopting and investing in collaborative communities, with the most notable amongst them being open-source software (OSS).

Open-source software is code that is designed to be publicly accessible, meaning anyone can see, modify, and distribute the code as they see fit. OSS is developed in a decentralized and collaborative way, relying on peer review and community production.

However, there still seems to be an air of hesitancy by organizations when it comes to leveraging OSS, as many cite a lack of security and enterprise-grade work. These are merely misconceptions, just two of many when it comes to OSS, which has more benefits to offer than disadvantages.

These misconceptions, as well as more, will be “busted” at an upcoming ZEDEDA Transform Digest Series webinar. This is a series of webinar discussions where leaders from across industries come together to discuss topics from ZEDEDA Transform, an annual event that brings together experts from across the edge computing and IoT landscape.

Hosted by ZEDEDA’s VP of Ecosystem, Jason Shepherd, the discussion will “mythbust” the common misconceptions about OSS and collaboration with industry experts Ildiko Vancsa, Senior Manager, Community & Ecosystem at Open Infrastructure Foundation, and Roman Shaposhnik, ZEDEDA CTO and Apache Software Foundation board member. The webinar itself will be held on Wednesday, April 20th, at 1 PM Eastern Standard Time.

OSS technology, while already significant, has been growing rapidly since the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic. In 2020, the OSS market was valued at USD 12,720 million but is expected to grow at a CAGR of 18.9 percent between now and 2027. The projections put the estimated market value at USD 44,090 million by 2027.

For many organizations, regardless of industry, OSS has become essential today, in part because the values and decentralized production model of open-source software can be used to find new ways to solve problems in their communities and industries. With new applications that require real-time computing power, OSS is critical for providing and leveraging these capabilities, meaning businesses must acquaint themselves with the technology to remain competitive.

For those businesses that want to stay competitive, the ZEDEDA Transform Digest Series webinar will provide them with the information necessary to debunk misconceptions to fully benefit from OSS. The expert panelists will discuss misconceptions such as that open-source collaboration forces a business to give away all of their IP or that open-source software is less secure. They’ll even be debunking things like open-source code will float in water if you add enough salt!

These, among other questions relating to OSS technology, will be the highlight of the discussion between industry leaders on April 20th. For those interested in learning more, register for the event here.

Edited by Erik Linask
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