The Future Of Open Source: Speeding Technology Innovation

Fred Simon | Huffington Post | June 10, 2014

As one of the contributors to Black Duck's eighth annual Future of Open Source Survey, the industry's leading indicator of open source software (OSS) trends, JFrog was pleased to be able to help show the world the true impact of open source software. This was the first year that we decided to take part in the survey. We felt that it was a natural partnership, since our work revolves around regularly interacting with the OSS community to help create and distribute open source software.

As the survey reported, 56 percent of corporations expect to contribute to more open source projects in 2014 - something we've already seen firsthand. By working directly with software developers, we have been able to witness the next wave of open source. We're seeing companies like Twitter, Netflix, and Ericsson actually willing to pay developers to participate in the OSS community, and both develop and use open source in their own frameworks. With 55 percent of this year's respondents also indicating that OSS helped create new products and services, there has clearly been a change in the way enterprises look at open source; it has truly become a crucial element in the development of new, innovative technologies...