How Security Keeps Up When Developers Drive Open Source.

Author:Walsh, John

Technological transformation is increasingly becoming a competitive differentiator, with businesses across all sectors investing heavily in new platforms, tools and frameworks. In response, open source has emerged as the most viable, cost-effective and leading-edge solution in enabling organisations to gain the edge in innovation.

No longer do individual businesses need to purchase or build all the software they need in-house. Instead, developers can now benefit from and build on the work of entire development communities, harnessing their collective power instead of starting from scratch. This is enabling countless new strands of innovation and increasing the speed to market for new products. According to research, 69% of IT leaders deem open source as very important to an organisation's overall enterprise infrastructure software plans. But software development wasn't always done this way.

Changing purchasing patterns for enterprise software: from proprietary, to freemium, to Open Source

The last three decades have seen a huge change in software selection, purchasing and usage. In the 1980s, MS-DOS hit the market and quickly emerged as the enterprise standard for computer technology. Soon after, Microsoft released Windows 1.0 and software companies like Oracle and SAP began making waves with their database products.

At that time ClOs were entirely responsible for the tools and software their company would use; technical users within the organisation were rarely consulted on their preferred platforms. The process of opting for a specific proprietary tool was extensive too. Each came with a hefty price tag, meaning the purchasing decision was carefully considered, tools were tested and re-tested, and it wasn't uncommon for onboarding to take months or even longer.

This all changed with the introduction of freemium models in the early 2000s, as software became more open, accessible and easier to implement. ClOs remained involved in purchasing decisions but overall decision making shifted to operations leads. As a result, organisations began adopting new applications that promised to streamline processes, boost productivity and enhance experiences.

Fast-forward 10 years, and the bottom-up decision-making models are now commonplace. Businesses are responding to increasing pressure to build and deliver software and services better and faster, by allowing developers and other technical users to take matters into their own hands. To meet...

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