Software. It’s running everything, right? Do you even remember a time where there were actual levers and knobs in your car, and not gigantic touchscreens? When the coffee machine wasn’t connected to the Internet? When your fridge didn’t update your shopping list in real-time?
Software Runs the World
The point is, software has become ubiquitous in everything from smartphones and home appliances, to robot trading, intelligent cars, autonomous drones, smart medication, and much, much more. And all of these applications have one thing in common, namely that more than 50% of all software is open source based.
One reason why everyone loves open source is that it makes software development much more efficient. As a rule of thumb, one developer writes 10 lines of production ready code per day in average, and open source multiplies that rate exponentially.
Another reason is that open source drives standardization of non-differentiating functionality, which allows companies to differentiate and focus their efforts on creating unique value and functionality.
As such, open source is an immense catalyst for software innovation and growth. It is the perfect fertilizer of commoditization, creating maturity, creating modularity, creating innovation.
Open Source is the New Normal
Yes, open source is the new normal, and it is experiencing a mind-blowingly rapid expansion and adoption. One new collaborative open source project is created every second in GitHub, and programmers are as likely to use open source as they are to write their own code.
But there is still confusion and lack of knowledge of open source licenses & vulnerabilities. Many projects lack license information (<20% of GitHub projects have a license), and the license definitions sometimes evolve over time.
Organizations and corporations recognize the importance of mitigating potential risks and security vulnerabilities by satisfying the discovered license obligations, and thereby avoiding costly litigations and intellectual property losses.
Mastering Compliance -> Mastering Open Source -> Mastering Software
Open source compliance helps companies to comply with open source licensing obligations and facilitates effective use of open source in commercial products. It also helps companies to comply with third party supplier contractual obligations and protects intellectual property from unintended disclosure.
Companies maintaining open source compliance programs gain a technical advantage, since compliant software portfolios are easier to service, test, upgrade and maintain. They find synergies in identifying open source components of strategic value, and identify benefits, costs, and risks associated with used open source components. The companies also facilitate mergers and acquisitions transactions, products and services releases, and improve their credibility in the supply chain.
Reinventing Open Source Compliance
FOSSID is a Software Composition Analysis (SCA) tool that scans your code for open source licenses and vulnerabilities and gives you full transparency and control of your software products and services.
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