In the past two decades, software has become increasingly important for the successful operation of any kind of business. In this context, the role of software developers has changed fundamentally – according to Stephen O’Grady, they are considered the “New Kingmakers”, i.e. the real decision makers in technology. One major disruptor that drove this shift in the role of software developers is the rise of open source.
In the past 20 years, software has become increasingly important for the successful operation of any kind of business. This trend is expected to continue in the future. At the same time, the amount of open source technologies used in the software industry has increased rapidly.
While closed software development can be considered daily business, active participation in open source communities still poses quite some challenges for companies coming from more traditional industry sectors like automotive and manufacturing.