How to convince your manager to go Open Source and build an open community (Eclipse IOT)


This talk will cover two important topics about how to start an Open Source project in your company and then how to grow an open community around your Open Source projects.

Christian Grail from SAP will talk about how to convince your manager to go Open Source. Benjamin Cabé from the Eclipse Foundation will talk about how to build an open community based on his experiences with the Eclipse IoT open source community.

Christian has helped to convince a few leaders inside of SAP with the decision to go Open Source. He would like to share his experiences with you for the conversations with your managers to go Open Source. He will give you some answers about questions and concerns he heard multiple times like:

  • How are we going to make money, if we give our Software away for free?
  • How shall we handle Security fixes?
  • How shall we surprise our customers if everything is openly available?
  • Our developers are not ready to show their Code to the world.
  • We don’t want to lose control of this project t to the Open Source community.
  • Who is going to manage all those millions of developers who are going to contribute to our project?
  • Isn’t the quality of our project going to suffer if so many people with different backgrounds are going to contribute to our project?
  • Who is going to pay thousands of Dollars to attend our conferences where we show our new features and functionalities?

Benjamin will talk about the Eclipse IoT open source community that came to life in 2011, seeded with 3 open-source projects from 3 different companies. Today, it is a thriving community of 20+ different projects, developed by hundreds of contributors around the world. Over the last four years they've learned a lot on how to grow an open source community, and they did some mistakes too, and he would like to share that with you!

  • He will share very simple and concrete pieces of advice that are useful if you’re looking at making an open-source project or community successful
  • He will attach a special importance to how you can get your management buy-in if you’re evolving in an environment where open-source is badly perceived
  • He will walk you through the toolbox we use for managing our community on a day-to-day basis, so as you know where to look should you want to improve the way you track the various metrics related to the health of your project, or to be more efficient when it comes to communicating with your community members.
Schedule info
Session Time Slot(s):
Tuesday, March 8, 2016 - 17:00 to 18:00