We’ve learned a lot of lessons about working collaboratively to deliver something that changes the game so it’s been interesting to see what’s happened in other sectors… there’s been plenty:
Open source has come to the automotive industry. Earlier this year Tesla, the innovative car manufacturer led by Skype founder Elon Musk decided to open source their battery technology. This kind of innovation hasn’t reached the automotive industry since Henry Ford decided you could have cars that weren’t black!
Open source software really is the norm now. Even Microsoft, the behemoth of proprietary software has opened its core net platform in a game changing move this year that took plenty of people, including Microsoft employees I know by complete surprise. This is a shrewd move though and stops the rot of anti.net feeling and will make this really useful technology more used and so more valuable.
Crypto currencies have moved past being faddish and are now getting some proper traction. You’ve probably heard of bitcoin and the hoopla around this new kind of currency. The emergence of this and other virtual currencies was always going to be rocky since they are so incredibly disruptive. While there’s been lots of ups and downs in 2014, the underlying, open source, software that powers all these alternative currencies has stood up to close inspection.
What are the reasons that open source technology is winning almost every time? There’s lots of well-versed arguments about this and most people are convinced that vendor independence, improved innovation and flexibility are all good things so it’s time for some new reasons.
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