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that meet the search parameters.
Spark could be used to handle
analytics on the data. Another
software package could be used
to yield relationship data. In a
matter of seconds, you could
identify someone and determine
if that person is of interest.
Another example is an
application developed by
MongoDB that associates mapping
information with locations. The
software, which is already being
used in Scandinavia and the
U.K., tracks publicly available
bicycles that can be rented with
special tokens. The app lets you
see if bikes are stocked near a
subway exit and how many will
be available at a specific time
of day. "When I was in the U.K.
on business, I would build into
my time schedule whether I was
walking or biking to the next
appointment," Bryan says.
These applications, built
around open-source software,
are very demanding in terms
of data usage, which suits the
capabilities of the POWER
architecture. New applications like
the aforementioned bike example
are helping improve quality of life.
"I'm seeing amazing applications
that people are building because
they can take the latest open-source
applications, bring them together
and use each of the applications for
its strengths," Bryan says.
Innovation is born of collaboration, but companies still
"You get a significant amount of
bang for the buck if you're investing
in innovation by opening your borders
and making collaboration open."
-Srini Chari, managing partner, Cabot Partners Group
desire an idea that gives them a
Some companies, like those in
pharmaceuticals, are spurring
innovation through the adoption
of a venture capital model, says
Chari. A company will fund
innovation by offering a set prize,
say $1 million, to solve a tough
problem. This kind of approach
generates lots of ideas from lots
of people outside the company.
"Usually one of those ideas is
something that's truly disruptive
and solves the problem," he
says. That idea then becomes
the intellectual property of the
These companies want the
open-source community to thrive,
but they also seek an adjacent
technology that nobody else has
that solves a unique problem.
"That becomes your competitive
advantage compared to the other
companies in the open-source
market," Chari notes. "Proprietary
will always be there but it will
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coexist with the bigger scale that
is afforded by open source."
and Business Forward
In the next few years, open
source likely will be driven by
the need for real-time processing
solutions, according to Chari.
Open-source software will evolve
to provide standardization,
which will then cause proprietary
applications to be created. "But
right now, if you can't collaborate,
you are limited by what you do
and that limits what you can do,"
The wisdom of many is
generating applications that are
pushing technology and business
forward. IBM will continue to
support open-source innovation-
and developers will continue to
turn ideas into reality that will
benefit us all.
Shirley S. Savage is a Maine-based