Open Source as a catalyst for Digital by Default. Public Sector ICT


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presented during a workshop run by Software AG with public sector organisations looking to modernise their IT infrastructures, regaining control over incumbent vendors and SIs. The argument- open source is a catalyst for change, not an end in itself.

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  • Mike Stonebreaker, founder of seven different database companies, told the GlueCon audience in 2010 that it was impossible to be a new project in the database space without being open source.
  • Which of course encourages more forking and diversity, the new way innovation is done
  • Open Source as a catalyst for Digital by Default. Public Sector ICT

    1. 1. 10.20.2005 Open Source as a Catalyst: Digital by Default Software AG Open Source Workshop June 2014
    2. 2. 2 Software is Eating the World
    3. 3. 3 But also Fragmenting
    4. 4. 4 Open Source is a means to Improve service delivery
    5. 5. 5 ICT: farming
    6. 6. 6 ICT today: foraging
    7. 7. 7 Social Coding
    8. 8. 8 Agile and Test Driven Development
    9. 9. 9 Permission-based ICT “Operating systems, databases, web and application servers, dev tools all required money. To get anything done, then, developers needed someone to write checks for the tools they needed to build. That meant either raising the capital to buy the necessary pieces, or more often requesting that an employer or other third party purchase them on the developer's behalf.” Stephen O’Grady – New Kingmakers, O’Reilly Publications
    10. 10. 10 Accelerating Innovation
    11. 11. 11 Big Outsourcing Contracts as CDOs “These [huge] contracts were meant to be about lowering risk. But when you package up a huge range of functions into one contract the risk becomes impossible to manage” Tariq Rashid, Lead Architect, UK Home Office
    12. 12. 12 Big Vendor Contracts
    13. 13. 13 Borrow from Web Companies
    14. 14. 14 Open Source Innovation Cloud Big Data and analytics –Hadoop, Mongo, RIAK, Couchbase, Cassandra Internet of Things –MQTT, Node-Red Browsers –Chrome, Mozilla Programming languages –Javascript/Node.js, PHP PaaS –Cloud Foundry, Open Shift etc DevOps –Chef, Puppet, Jenkins
    15. 15. 15 Recommendations and Wrap-up Digital by Default > Open Source Service Design > Open Source Open Source != Non-Commercial Open Source != Open Standards Open Data New approaches to governance for IP, contract, supplier, project and portfolio management Use Open Source to change the culture/as an organisational principle Successful Open Source requires a technical competence Impact on application development agile, continuous deployment, microservices/APIs, TDD, DevOps, NoSQL, UX Learn and Borrow from the Web – code, events, publications, tools Software License fees are fair game, claim the rebate Build, Deploy, Iterate – quick wins. Try before you buy