IBM Systems Magazine, Power Systems - January 2018 - 21
How open source is changing the way we do business
By Shirley S. Savage k Illustration by Pablo Bisoglio
ome revolutions begin
with a bang. But not the
In 1991, Finnish inventor Linus
Torvalds was working on a
computer project with the sole
purpose of providing a challenge
for himself. Liking what he saw,
Torvalds showed the software
that was to become Linux*
to other programmers. Soon,
many programmers began to
contribute, and the open-source
community was born.
It's ironic that the energetic
open-source community was
created by a man who doesn't
like working with others
Linux OS has revolutionized
how developers work and
how businesses create new
offerings and opportunities.
Today, hundreds of thousands
of developers contribute to
open-source projects globally.
The open-source revolution
is enabling rapid change by
harnessing the ideas of a thriving
community of developers
both inside and outside of
organizations. Ideas and code
can come from anywhere to
improve applications and
move technology forward.
More enterprises are
embracing open-source software
and OSes for their ability to
expand a range of business
The rise of open source has
generated innovation-a big
theme for today's business.
"Every industry is undergoing
a significant innovation
transformation," says Srini
Chari, managing partner, Cabot
Partners Group. Open source is
a channel to get innovation to
market. There's a maxim that
says for every smart person that
works for your organization, at
least 10 or 20 external developers
are available to collaborate with
you if you open up certain critical
aspects of software innovation.
"You get a significant amount
of bang for the buck if you're
investing in innovation by
opening your borders and making
collaboration open," he says.
The community makes it
possible to tackle challenges
that can't be solved by working
with a single vendor. "Open
source affords a way to scale up
innovation and to get larger return
on investment from innovation,"
Chari says. "That's a benefit not
just for the end customers, but
also for the entire ecosystem."
Ready for the
Linux is the fastest growing OS
and the majority of enterprises
have active open-source software
projects underway, says Chuck
Bryan, Open Source Data
Solutions offering manager,
IBM Power Systems*. Open source
is now ready for the enterprise
thanks to the rigorous peer review
Open-source solutions can give
organizations a competitive advantage.
The OpenPOWER Foundation has opened
up Power Systems infrastructure.
Open-source technology is accelerating
the speed of innovation.
The Power Systems platform can
work with traditional and open-source
databases, giving clients flexibility in their
choice of tools.
ibmsystemsmag.com JANUARY 2018 // 21