Value Openness

I have recently met a few individuals who do not ascribe positive value to open source.   I had thought the open software versus closed software argument was decided circa 2005.   Unfortunately, a few renegade individuals are holding out, and believe in the goodness of autocratic companies who operate without transparency.   It took me awhile to dig into the bias and understand the root concern; an organizational need for competent technical support, high usability, and a viable roadmap.   Corporate sponsored open source solves these concerns.

Openness is multi-dimensional:

  • Open Source
  • Open License (i.e. 100% Apache License)
  • Open Development (e.g. Apache/WSO2 developer mailing lists, JIRA, architecture forum)
  • Open Standards (e.g. Java SE, AMQP, W3C, OASIS, OpenID, Cloud Security Alliance)
  • Open Architecture  (e.g. Security, Governance, Messaging, Events, ESB, SOA, REST)
  • Openly Published Pricing
Each dimension contributes towards increased transparency, disclosure, visibility, and interoperability.
You will notice that the open dimensions are not incongruent with strong support, high usability, and a viable product roadmap. Judge vendors on the strength of their organizational structure, responsiveness to your needs, and product strategy; not by simply reviewing an Open or Closed label.
from the trenches to the Stratosphere,   /Chris

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