Community Works
For business
Who uses open-source?
Who contributes back?
Business involvement?
PHP Community
Organizing events
Build projects
Volunteers
Pay themselves
Need support
Why participate?
Example
• it's good for the health of the language	

• it's good for business	

• depends on the usage of language / techn...
Example
• learn technology in an early stage	

• get in touch with people to provide
support	

• follow up on technologica...
Example
• visibility to potential employees and
partners	

• giving something back to the community	

• building a busines...
Example
• access to everyone’s best practices + innovation
• share best technical solutions
• cooperate on a technical lev...
Example
• learn internals of open-source projects	

• meeting experts for support and advice	

• finding new ways to offer ...
Summary
• keeping up-to-date on new technologies	

• establishing support and advice networks	

• feedback on your product...
How getting involved?
Report bugs
Fix issues or add features
Write documentation
Provide translations
Other ways to help
Room for user groups
Buy beer for events
Sponsor events
Provide hosting
Give us developers
What’s the ROI?
Long term investment
Create partnerships
Get valuable feedback
Brand awareness
Beta testing
Buy once, use forever
Hiring and recruitment
Support and assistance
Market leader
Community works!
Community feedback
Community Interactions
Improved products
Product Evangelists
Give little, get much
Beware of dangers!
Arrogance
High Expectations
Everything for granted
Don’t build on others’ rep
Earn the seat at the table
Summary
Invest in communities
Give because you want to
Earn respect
Do better business
Thank you
community works: http://www.flickr.com/photos/
76029035@N02/6829419407	

using open-source: http://www.flickr.com/photos/jos...
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Being part of the community is not just great to support the open-source movement, but it also is great for business. Why is it that big companies invest in open-source projects and how can your business benefit from participation? In this talk I explain the reasons why companies like to be associated with the PHP community and how your business can benefit from it. Even if you're working for a company, this talk will give enough arguments to talk to your bosses and convince them to contribute to open-source.

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Community works for business - LoneStarPHP 2014

  1. 1. Community Works For business
  2. 2. Who uses open-source?
  3. 3. Who contributes back?
  4. 4. Business involvement?
  5. 5. PHP Community
  6. 6. Organizing events
  7. 7. Build projects
  8. 8. Volunteers
  9. 9. Pay themselves
  10. 10. Need support
  11. 11. Why participate?
  12. 12. Example • it's good for the health of the language • it's good for business • depends on the usage of language / technology • target the audience that become your promoters • good sentiment around the company and brand (brand awareness) • build relationships one-on-one and give demos • a great way to recruit for your company • community feedback about your company • keeping in touch with community Thanks to Elizabeth Naramore for providing feedback
  13. 13. Example • learn technology in an early stage • get in touch with people to provide support • follow up on technological evolutions and trends • easier finding partners, customers or new employees Thanks to Thijs Feryn for providing feedback
  14. 14. Example • visibility to potential employees and partners • giving something back to the community • building a business on top of quality open source projects • being part of a fun and engaging group Thanks to Wim Godden for providing feedback
  15. 15. Example • access to everyone’s best practices + innovation • share best technical solutions • cooperate on a technical level - compete on a business level • real multiplier (e.g. US Government) for reusable infrastructure • making the difference • buy once, get improvements back for free indefinitely • more secure products Thanks to Jeffrey McGuire for providing feedback
  16. 16. Example • learn internals of open-source projects • meeting experts for support and advice • finding new ways to offer better services • finding gratitude in “giving back”
  17. 17. Summary • keeping up-to-date on new technologies • establishing support and advice networks • feedback on your products / services • great for hiring new employees • great for finding new customers
  18. 18. How getting involved?
  19. 19. Report bugs
  20. 20. Fix issues or add features
  21. 21. Write documentation
  22. 22. Provide translations
  23. 23. Other ways to help
  24. 24. Room for user groups
  25. 25. Buy beer for events
  26. 26. Sponsor events
  27. 27. Provide hosting
  28. 28. Give us developers
  29. 29. What’s the ROI?
  30. 30. Long term investment
  31. 31. Create partnerships
  32. 32. Get valuable feedback
  33. 33. Brand awareness
  34. 34. Beta testing
  35. 35. Buy once, use forever
  36. 36. Hiring and recruitment
  37. 37. Support and assistance
  38. 38. Market leader
  39. 39. Community works!
  40. 40. Community feedback
  41. 41. Community Interactions
  42. 42. Improved products
  43. 43. Product Evangelists
  44. 44. Give little, get much
  45. 45. Beware of dangers!
  46. 46. Arrogance
  47. 47. High Expectations
  48. 48. Everything for granted
  49. 49. Don’t build on others’ rep
  50. 50. Earn the seat at the table
  51. 51. Summary
  52. 52. Invest in communities
  53. 53. Give because you want to
  54. 54. Earn respect
  55. 55. Do better business
  56. 56. Thank you
  57. 57. community works: http://www.flickr.com/photos/ 76029035@N02/6829419407 using open-source: http://www.flickr.com/photos/joshholmes/ 6775970225 wall street: http://www.flickr.com/photos/ensh/3867767246/ phpnw11: http://www.flickr.com/photos/stuartherbert/ 6231772651/ phpbenelux: http://www.flickr.com/photos/joshholmes/ 6774829421 joindin: http://www.flickr.com/photos/joshholmes/6779894817 volunteers: http://www.flickr.com/photos/stuartherbert/ 6230059226 cash register: http://www.flickr.com/photos/stevensnodgrass/ 4034636727/ support: http://www.flickr.com/photos/dominicspics/5559345297/ questions: http://www.flickr.com/photos/oberazzi/318947873 signup: http://www.flickr.com/photos/ goldendragon613/296795071 bugs: http://www.flickr.com/photos/goingslo/4523034319 repairs: http://www.flickr.com/photos/urban_outlaw/2683334422 documentation: http://www.flickr.com/photos/ sixteenmilesofstring/2476311752 translations: http://www.flickr.com/photos/jeremybrooks/ 2175042537 red cross: http://www.flickr.com/photos/tk_five_0/2312700765 server rack: http://www.flickr.com/photos/traftery/2467633331 rasmus: http://www.flickr.com/photos/arnaudlimbourg/ 5165138896 roi: http://www.flickr.com/photos/epsos/5394616925/ long term investment: http://www.flickr.com/photos/teegardin/ 6093690339 partnerships: http://www.flickr.com/photos/macaco9/5820706157 boomerang: http://www.flickr.com/photos/cogdog/5389653746/ space: http://www.flickr.com/photos/nasamarshall/7637356614/ recruitment: http://www.flickr.com/photos/streamishmc/ 5743450139 lion: http://www.flickr.com/photos/amhuxham/6859625396 feedback: http://www.flickr.com/photos/oemebamo/2542415550 success: http://www.flickr.com/photos/kevint/85911467 danger: http://www.flickr.com/photos/jonathangill/5338645910 arrogance: http://www.flickr.com/photos/brostad/3420765336 sagrada familia: http://www.flickr.com/photos/joangs/3603305604 money: http://www.flickr.com/photos/ 9731367@N02/6988272680 table: http://www.flickr.com/photos/stanfordedtech/3932292426/ clue bat: http://www.flickr.com/photos/trombonekenny/ 2509085987 investing: http://www.flickr.com/photos/mytudut/5189224326/ free will: http://www.flickr.com/photos/scramblerman/292214579 beach: http://www.flickr.com/photos/victoriawhite/4972555193 mountains: http://www.flickr.com/photos/dcsl/3268208595/
  58. 58. https://joind.in/10828
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