Open Source for Enterprise: Architecting Digital Change.

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Digital is a strategic competency, not just another channel for your company marketing message.
How can your company use the nature of Open Source as a strategy to cope with change.

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  • Cant plan for change:

    Sounds really obvious
    But accepting things are going to change is the first step

    2nd: Embrace it as a constant factor

    Once we know its there, we need to accept it

    3rd Don’t plan for change in your organisation,

    plan for your organisaiton to change
  • By now

    Sat there thinking how does open source fit in


  • Sometimes too obvious a possitive

    So we don’t look beyond it

    But theirs more to open source than the fact it doest cost anything,


  • To understand the hidden benefits,

    You have to go back in time a little

    To be able to see how they are meeting the needs of todays

  • Free software isnt something new

    Its pretty old, not as old as me but almost

    Dates back to 1983

    Way back when,

    When software started to be more widly distributed

    It was published as executable versions

    So no one could play with it or see what was going on

    It was just use as inteneded,

    There was no ability to look under the bonnet.

    Frustrated a lot of people

    Due to this frustration more and more people starting sharing code 

    this is nothing exciting in itself, people swapping tapes 


  • Even with more mass produced media

    Not much happened

  • Lots of people intresting in software

    And changing software,

    But still not much happened

    Creativity was in effect limmitited geographically

    Because swapping software across contients, was just too impractical
  • But then the internet came along and changed quite a few things

    It made it possible to share easier

    And communicate about what was going on a totally different scale

    it made it possible to share quicker, and redistribute changes 

    It made massive decentralised projects possible 

    So what happened when developers sharing source code made use of the internet?


  • This is a quote that was placed on a message board.

    Developers started to share code freely and asked for suggestions and improvements 

    Against all odds…. and logic…. It took off

    more and more people started to contribute free time towards small projects

    heres an example, of a developer that started something as a hobby….

    wont be big

    wont be professional

    but it took off massively


  • And now 60% of the worlds website use unix or apache

    This was just one project,

    There are hundreds of proejcts where 1000’s of people have given their time to

    work on something that no one owns

    And no one got paid for

    Defies most economics



  • Being able to start a project tomorrow because of open access to tech is liberating

    And also scary,

    Without a focus on what is delivered that closed tech creates





    Without huge lead times on capex

    No excuse to wait

    Why wait?


  • Normally projects deliver an output:

    A widget
    An uplift in users
    An uplift in profit

    Hidden value is

    Flicr for instance

    Didn’t start as a photo sharing project

    It started as a part of a game

    The makers discovered it was sooo good the lanched it seperatly


  • Flexibility need skills ready

    Because of the openness and availability

    Open source tends to better adopted in the education system,

    Access to the system is a great way to learn

    I can only see this increasing as another generation learn to code

  • Why wait?

  • Open Source for Enterprise: Architecting Digital Change.

    1. 1. Open source for enterprise Architecting Digital Change: Use open source as a strategy to cope with constant change 26 June 2014
    2. 2. A little bit about me David Burgess, UK CEO at Reading Room 12 years experience at Reading Room using open source and proprietary software. Including some of the UK’s most prominent, secure and high traffic sites on an open platform.
    3. 3. Old reactions to open source 1. Security 2. Stability 3. Supportability 4. Availability
    4. 4. Topics looking forward 1. Change challenge 2. Understand the background to open source – beyond “free” 3. Where open source fits into the change challenge
    5. 5. The change challenge
    6. 6. Internet and web a huge disruptive force for change The change challenge
    7. 7. Needs to be recognised that digital is a strategic competency, rather than another channel The change challenge
    8. 8. Ignoring this subtle difference is critical The change challenge
    9. 9. The change isn’t going to slow down The change challenge
    10. 10. How do we cope with this? 1. We have to recognise we can’t plan for change 2. Need to embrace change as a constant factor 3. Don’t plan for change in your organisation, plan for your organisation to change The change challenge
    11. 11. Where does open source fit?
    12. 12. The fact that open source is free is great, but there is more to it than that Understand the background to open source beyond “free”
    13. 13. Open source built on change Understand the background to open source beyond “free”
    14. 14. Changing software wasn’t always easy Understand the background to open source beyond “free”
    15. 15. No scope to play, just use as intended Understand the background to open source beyond “free”
    16. 16. Geographically limited Understand the background to open source beyond “free”
    17. 17. The internet has come a long way Understand the background to open source beyond “free”
    18. 18. Against all odds.... and conventional wisdom and economics Understand the background to open source beyond “free”
    19. 19. 60% of all web services run on open source Understand the background to open source beyond “free” Source: http://w3techs.com
    20. 20. Now there are huge communities changing & developing based on needs Understand the background to open source beyond “free”
    21. 21. So in a quickly changing world, community driven software can only be good Understand the background to open source beyond “free”
    22. 22. Apple making noises about ‘open’ Understand the background to open source beyond “free”
    23. 23. Where open source fits in to the change challenge
    24. 24. It’s no sliver bullet to these challenges, but it can help Where open source fits in to change challenge
    25. 25. There’s organisational agility and then there’s agile projects Where open source fits in to change challenge
    26. 26. Project agility – Change the way you run a project Where open source fits in to change challenge
    27. 27. Traditional way of planning a tech project Where open source fits in to change challenge
    28. 28. A large capital investment needs a larger plan for a greater return Where open source fits in to change challenge
    29. 29. Traditional technology planning doesn’t work Where open source fits in to change challenge
    30. 30. Take away the price tag..... Where open source fits in to change challenge
    31. 31. You can discover what is needed by trying it and proving it works, bit by bit Where open source fits in to change challenge
    32. 32. You can afford to play, innovate and test within your project because the cost of change is lower Where open source fits in to change challenge
    33. 33. Get access to a huge amount of creative: 349 different modules using Twitter Where open source fits in to change challenge
    34. 34. All of the above create project flexibility Where open source fits in to change challenge
    35. 35. Create organisational agility? Where open source fits in to change challenge
    36. 36. Be ready to start a project: Being able to start a project tomorrow because of open access to tech is liberating Where open source fits in to change challenge
    37. 37. Use projects to discover, as well as to deliver something Where open source fits in to change challenge
    38. 38. Flexibility needs skills Where open source fits in to change challenge
    39. 39. Project agility and organisational flexibility will mean that there will be a rise in the use of open source in an Enterprise environment Where open source fits in to change challenge
    40. 40. 3 key points to takeaway 1. Use the nature of open source as a strategy to cope with constant change 2. Understand the greater value in the nature of open source software than just the lack of a price tag. 3. Use open source to help create organisational agility

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