Open Source has revolutionized IT sector as it harnesses the intelligence and efforts of the community to develop and maintain software faster. Our experts discuss the latest happenings and give their view points on how open source can be leveraged for your organization’s transformation.

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The Rise of Open Source


"[Open source] gives customers control over the technologies they use instead of enabling the vendors to control their customers through restricting access to the code behind the technologies."

- Eric S Raymond, The Cathedral and the Bazaar


Open source adoption began long ago, in the 1990s, with the introduction of the Linux Kernel. Then, there were only about 100 developers who contributed code to Linux. Since then, the Linux community has exploded. Today, over 8000 developers and 800 companies contribute code to Linux. What has steered such rapid development and adoption of Open Source technologies ? I believe there are three key reasons for this. Open Source helps businesses:


  • Improve agility and accelerate business innovation
  • Gain greater flexibility and scalability
  • Realize higher cost savings


We are witnessing open source adoption across all the enterprise layers like experience, application, business, integration ,database and infrastructure layer. The adoption begins with the experience layer which is primarily driven by the need to quickly enhance customer experience. The adoption of open source JavaScript frameworks like Angular and React has made it easier and faster to develop responsive web designs. While increasing the customer experience, it has also helped lower maintenance needs. Open Source has also provided freedom of choice and helped move to a polyglot environment. It is no longer necessary to stick to a single technology vendor to realize the benefits of economies of scale. Easy access and reduced cost of usage has made it possible to leverage an ecosystem of technologies across the layers based on the use case and the application attributes.


Today, more than ever, open source adoption is critical for business success and many organizations are realizing how open source helps them stay ahead of the curve. For instance, a global retail and wholesale giant replaced their Siebel CRM with a new microservices-based application developed on an open source stack. The adoption of open source helped them accelerate their transformation towards an environment which is more agile and adaptive. While the architectural principles were decided and enforced centrally, this organization gave the individual LOBs the freedom to choose their technology stack as long as it is open source


Despite its advantages, open source also has its own challenges. Customers struggle to identify the right open source technology. Scaling adoption across the organization is difficult considering the dearth and high cost of talent. Finally, large transformational programs means managing a partner ecosystem to get the best of breed solution.


Infosys open source offerings helps clients address these challenges for seamless open source adoption.




More importantly, our expertise in delivering such transformation has been gained from vast experience across organizations with varied maturity levels. For example, while some of our clients want ad-hoc open source implementations to prove a concept or a technology, others want it only occasionally for selective lines of businesses. Then, there are those who consistently and strategically leverage open source across all lines of business to differentiate themselves and gain a clearer advantage.


While achieving 100% open source adoption may not always be feasible, we will see a confluence of hosted, proprietary and open source technologies. Open source will gain more traction and play a major part within enterprise architecture even as it co-exists with non-open source technologies. It is recommended to choose an enterprise-supported version of open source to ensure enterprise-grade security, reduce risk of failure, and guarantee response time.


We are already seeing the adoption of open source across industries including financial service organizations that were deemed the slowest to adopt open source. I believe that, in future, the demand for rapid digitization and cloud adoption will only accelerate the demand for and adoption of open source. Open source adoption is going to accelerate and organizations should assess how and where they can leverage it for competitive advantage.


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