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The value add of
OPEN SOURCE
for innovation
Balázs Scheidler
co-founder and CTO, BalaBit
Introduction
Started programming
at age 12 on
Commodore 64
First exposure to
Linux at 16-17:
Slackware 1.0, Linux
kernel 0...
What is Free, Libre and Open Source Software (FLOSS)?
The freedom to run
the program as you
wish, for any
purpose
The free...
Claim: Everyone is directly or indirectly using Open Source software.
Internet infrastructure:
Social:
Mobile:
Cloud:
IoT:
Big Data:
Others:
Proof
Amazon Kindle, TVs, embedded computing,
PoS t...
Why do companies spend money on engineers
and give away the results for free?
Because it yields the best product
&
enables much higher adoption
If and only if a proper community
is formed around it
Proper community
Initially most
projects come from
a single source
Forming a real
community is a
challenge that takes
ener...
Proper community II.
Users &
contributors: both
are important!
Contributors are from
multiple companies that
invest
More l...
Company motivation
ENGINEERS: THE KNOWLEDGE AND ABILITY TO:
 support it in deployments
 enhance it in new directions
 f...
IN EXCHANGE FOR CODE AND CONTROL,
COMPANIES GET THE BEST PRODUCT
AND THE BEST POSITION TO PRODUCTIZE IT
THEY ALSO GRANT THE RIGHT TO
ANY OTHER COMPANY TO DO THE SAME.
… with enough investment
The code becomes an independent entity of its original creator
The creation itself does not grant a monopoly over the prod...
Best Product, why?
MORE USERS,
MORE FEEDBACK →
BETTER PRODUCT
 More adaptable, more
environments
 Scratching an itch
HIG...
Best Product II.
ITERATIVE SOFTWARE ENGINEERING
W/ COLLABORATION
 “Standing on the shoulders of giants”
 Instead of huge...
Best Product III.
ENGINEER ENGAGEMENT
 The intrinsic desire to create the best
 Probably the most important reason
Motivating Engineers
Engineer motivation
Source: janfredrik.wordpress.com
Learning, skill development
Peer recognition, status Curiosity,
„scra...
The power of a community
Open source communities
trigger much more on
intrinsic motivations than
commercial settings
 Vol...
Hobby & job
Engineers take a job to pay their bills…
… but usually still have retain hobbies
Open Source can be one of tho...
It is not just Software
Wikipedia Creative
Commons
(creative works
such as photos,
music)
Open Hardware
(Arduino)
Maker co...
Summary
Open Source
Transparency creates
an opportunity to join and trust
Motivations become intrinsic
Innovation happens ...
Thank You!
Questions?
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NIAS 2015 - The value add of open source for innovation

(Balázs Scheidler, co-founder and CTO, BalaBit)
As a long term member of the Open Source community, I believe that the Open Source development model creates a great context for innovation to happen. In the open source world, collaboration and sharing are key principles. These principles put the problem to be solved in focus and tear down
organizational boundaries. An Open Source project is a space where the best engineers from multiple competing organizations work as a team on solving a common goal. This space and the direct connection to users boosts engineer motivation, creating trust and a virtuous circle that results in fast iterations: creating layers upon layers of work yielding a great product at a pace that is unrealistic in a proprietary software development setting. We can also see that the same values and principles start happening outside of the software realm: Wikipedia, Creative Commons and the Maker community confirms the approach works in other fields, which shows that it can be adapted to further situations to improve efficiency and innovation.

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NIAS 2015 - The value add of open source for innovation

  1. 1. The value add of OPEN SOURCE for innovation Balázs Scheidler co-founder and CTO, BalaBit
  2. 2. Introduction Started programming at age 12 on Commodore 64 First exposure to Linux at 16-17: Slackware 1.0, Linux kernel 0.99pl14 Contributor to open source projects at 19: Free Pascal Compiler and others Starting my own open source project at 21: syslog-ng Starting my own company with an Open Source business model at 23: BalaBit Balázs Scheidler, founder & CTO of BalaBit
  3. 3. What is Free, Libre and Open Source Software (FLOSS)? The freedom to run the program as you wish, for any purpose The freedom to study how the program works, and change it so it does your computing as you wish. The freedom to redistribute copies so you can help your neighbor. The freedom to distribute copies of your modified versions to others. The four freedoms
  4. 4. Claim: Everyone is directly or indirectly using Open Source software.
  5. 5. Internet infrastructure: Social: Mobile: Cloud: IoT: Big Data: Others: Proof Amazon Kindle, TVs, embedded computing, PoS terminals, … standards, TCP/IP, DNS, ...
  6. 6. Why do companies spend money on engineers and give away the results for free?
  7. 7. Because it yields the best product & enables much higher adoption
  8. 8. If and only if a proper community is formed around it
  9. 9. Proper community Initially most projects come from a single source Forming a real community is a challenge that takes energy, resources and focus Code drops do not form a community! Everything is transparent, everything is in the open
  10. 10. Proper community II. Users & contributors: both are important! Contributors are from multiple companies that invest More likely to be formed around “platforms” than “applications”
  11. 11. Company motivation ENGINEERS: THE KNOWLEDGE AND ABILITY TO:  support it in deployments  enhance it in new directions  fix problems THEY KEEP CONTROL AS LONG AS THEY HAVE MERIT (as in meritocracy) Companies give the code and control away
  12. 12. IN EXCHANGE FOR CODE AND CONTROL, COMPANIES GET THE BEST PRODUCT AND THE BEST POSITION TO PRODUCTIZE IT
  13. 13. THEY ALSO GRANT THE RIGHT TO ANY OTHER COMPANY TO DO THE SAME. … with enough investment
  14. 14. The code becomes an independent entity of its original creator The creation itself does not grant a monopoly over the product
  15. 15. Best Product, why? MORE USERS, MORE FEEDBACK → BETTER PRODUCT  More adaptable, more environments  Scratching an itch HIGHER ADOPTION  Nothing stops anyone from trying it (it's free to use and study)  Network effect (more users lead to even more users)  Making the pie larger in the long term
  16. 16. Best Product II. ITERATIVE SOFTWARE ENGINEERING W/ COLLABORATION  “Standing on the shoulders of giants”  Instead of huge increments: o smaller steps, o one at a time, o potentially by a different contributor, o continuously refining the whole COMPETITION  Successful projects are backed by multiple vendors, competing in the marketplace  Competing companies work on the same code base
  17. 17. Best Product III. ENGINEER ENGAGEMENT  The intrinsic desire to create the best  Probably the most important reason
  18. 18. Motivating Engineers
  19. 19. Engineer motivation Source: janfredrik.wordpress.com Learning, skill development Peer recognition, status Curiosity, „scratching an itch” Having fun Idealism Contribute to a bigger purpose Lojalty Career opportunities Monetary rewards (salary/bonus) „Share back” to community Help others Beat the „enemy” (i.e. Microsoft) Socail commitment Political support Intrinsic Extrinsic Egoistic Altruistic
  20. 20. The power of a community Open source communities trigger much more on intrinsic motivations than commercial settings  Voluntary participation  Learning & curiosity  Peer recognition, pride  Having fun Commercial settings  Monetary rewards  Getting things done
  21. 21. Hobby & job Engineers take a job to pay their bills… … but usually still have retain hobbies Open Source can be one of those hobbies Making one's hobby his job has enormous benefits through motivation  Inherent understanding of the problem space (less need for product management)  Attention to detail, solving problems the best way possible  Making decisions at an individual level, without management overhead  Collaboration with like-minded peers becomes very easy
  22. 22. It is not just Software Wikipedia Creative Commons (creative works such as photos, music) Open Hardware (Arduino) Maker community (3D printing, DIY)
  23. 23. Summary Open Source Transparency creates an opportunity to join and trust Motivations become intrinsic Innovation happens :)
  24. 24. Thank You! Questions?

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