Upgrade to Pro — share decks privately, control downloads, hide ads and more …

Community Workds for Business - ZendCon 2012

Community Workds for Business - ZendCon 2012

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.



October 23, 2012

More Decks by Michelangelo

Other Decks in Technology


  1. Community Works For business

  2. Who uses open-source?

  3. Who contributes back?

  4. Business involvement?

  5. But I’m a developer!

  6. Convince your bosses

  7. PHP Community

  8. Organizing events

  9. Build projects

  10. Volunteers

  11. Pay themselves

  12. Need support

  13. Why participate?

  14. 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
  15. 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
  16. 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
  17. 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
  18. 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”
  19. 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
  20. How getting involved?

  21. Report bugs

  22. Fix issues or add features

  23. Write documentation

  24. Provide translations

  25. Other ways to help

  26. Room for user groups

  27. Buy beer for events

  28. Sponsor events

  29. Provide hosting

  30. Give us developers

  31. What’s the ROI?

  32. Long term investment

  33. Create partnerships

  34. Get valuable feedback

  35. Brand awareness

  36. Beta testing

  37. Buy once, use forever

  38. Hiring and recruitment

  39. Support and assistance

  40. Market leader

  41. Community works!

  42. Community feedback

  43. Community Interactions

  44. Improved products

  45. Product Evangelists

  46. Give little, get much

  47. Beware of dangers!

  48. Arrogance

  49. High Expectations

  50. Everything for granted

  51. Don’t build on others’ rep

  52. Earn the seat at the table

  53. Summary

  54. Invest in communities

  55. Give because you want to

  56. Earn respect

  57. Do better business

  58. Thank you

  59. 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/ skoop: http://www.flickr.com/photos/stuartherbert/8062116808 bosses: http://www.flickr.com/photos/innovate360/6314081175 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/
  60. https://joind.in/7582