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20161027 scala io_keynote

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Is FOSS software in danger as creators cannot find sustainable income from them?

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20161027 scala io_keynote

  1. 1. FOSS is in Jeopardy Jamie Allen
  2. 2. Contributors to open source
  3. 3. Who gets paid to write open source?
  4. 4. Enterprise support is key ● Many organizations won’t consider using FOSS solutions without it ● Allows key contributors to earn a living while building the projects they love ● Provides stable releases for everyone
  5. 5. However… ● It’s hard to sell free software
  6. 6. Is VC money helping? ● There is nothing wrong with Venture Capitalists ● Without their investment, many projects would never have come as far as they have
  7. 7. Investors & customers want different things ● Customers: “I just want someone here who can make sure things are okay” ● Investors: “Be a product company for a higher valuation”
  8. 8. FOSS enterprise offerings ● ?aaS ● Monitoring ● Production tooling ● Support contracts ● Commercial licenses ● Indemnity and warranties ● Minimal services
  9. 9. Competition for revenue ● Each FOSS company is competing for finite budget ● Meanwhile, large traditional ISVs have massive legacy contracts
  10. 10. Impact ● FOSS enterprise support companies cannot focus on their communities as much as they wish they could ● Feature roadmap has to support the enterprise customer ● The community feels left out
  11. 11. FOSS companies must grow ● This can only come from providing what customers want: SERVICES ● FOSS companies should sell services until they reach profitability and can fund the enterprise features existing customers actually want
  12. 12. Global systems integrators ● A long-standing point of contention between FOSS creators and the SI community ● They must invest in training their people ● They have the vendor relationships ● How do we incentivize them? ● Boutique services firms are the best channel for help, can they be absorbed in a meaningful way into the FOSS company for scale?
  13. 13. Wampler’s conjecture ● What is the impact if we can’t change? ● Will mature OSS only come from companies who open source their own libraries ● Who wins?
  14. 14. Why Scala is different
  15. 15. Winter is coming ● Several large corporations will vie for control of Scala and other critical path FOSS projects ● Scala Center is insurance for the community
  16. 16. We need a way to support FOSS ● But what about other projects and languages? ● Some beautiful projects are trending poorly in adoption and support ● Some have the support but no longer focus on the community ● Some have lost enterprise support, possibly stunting adoption growth
  17. 17. Comparison of support Language Academia Community Corporate Enterprise Government Scala Clojure Go Groovy ? Java Javascript ? Pony
  18. 18. But what about the ecosystem? ● Key projects must be sponsored ● Beyond consulting dollars for creators ● Hiring the creators and keeping them to themselves is not the answer
  19. 19. Are coalitions the key? ● If so, how do we fund them? ● Do we become limited to only supporting their offerings? ● What about high-value independents? ● The enterprise doesn’t want to have to manage infinite support contracts ● Is it enough?
  20. 20. Can we create a site to help? ● Online checkout via a corporate-friendly funding site ● Give recognition and some level of priority to those who support ● Allows project owners to hire help and remain community focused
  21. 21. BountySource.com
  22. 22. Vendor Management ● Large corporations need to have approved vendors ● Global SIs and big vendors have these relationships in place ● We may still need a bridge
  23. 23. We need to support the ecosystem ● Scala’s success is not just because of money, but also because of the work of the community ● Enterprises must support the projects upon which they depend ● We must work together to help them do so
  24. 24. Thank you! Questions?

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