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Contributing to Open Source - what's in it for my business?

Contributing to Open Source - what's in it for my business?

Contributing to open source has never been more popular. There are plenty of clear benefits for individuals, from learning new skills, through the satisfaction of knowing your code is being used by others, to building respect and reputation in the community. But what’s in it for a business? Why should your company invest engineering time & resources in other people’s projects? Liz Rice, Chief Open Source Officer at Isovalent, and Chair of the CNCF’s Technical Oversight Committee explores some of the reasons why some of the world’s most successful enterprises are getting involved with open source communities and investing in open source engineering.

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Liz Rice

October 05, 2021
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  1. Liz Rice Chief Open Source Officer, Isovalent Chair, CNCF Technical

    Oversight Committee Ambassador, Open UK @lizrice Contributing to open source: What’s in it for my business?
  2. Photo by Danka & Peter on Unsplash @lizrice

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  9. @lizrice Collaborate on common infrastructure https://medium.com/blackrock-engineering/ocibuilder... @lizrice “We want to

    drive adoption of [ocibuilder] ... to build a sustainable project” BlackRock
  10. @lizrice Collaborate on security https://www.capitalone.com/tech/cloud/cloud-custodian-cncf-donation/ @lizrice “software quality increases and

    risk is reduced when code is shared with an ecosystem of experts” Capital One
  11. @lizrice 14 Photo by an_vision on Unsplash @lizrice Contribute back

    to upstream “If you don’t go upstream, you basically screw yourself long-term” Wim Coekaerts, Oracle
  12. @lizrice Accelerate features you need https://www.capitalone.com/tech/cloud/cloud-custodian-cncf-donation/ “We’ve been able to

    influence the product roadmap” Capital One @lizrice Accelerate features you need
  13. @lizrice Build expertise Photo by Mapbox on Unsplash @lizrice

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  16. @lizrice Attract potential hires @lizrice “This is what we mean

    when we talk about open source “community”— the satisfaction, appreciation, recognition, and relationships that arise from solving shared problems with peers” FINOS Business Value of Open Source White Paper
  17. @lizrice Standardize transferable skills Photo by Vincent Branciforti on Unsplash

    @lizrice “The more companies that adopt Backstage, the more support the project gets, the stronger the platform becomes for everyone” Spotify
  18. Photo by Nadine Marfurt on Unsplash @lizrice Happier engineers More

    expertise New features, faster
  19. Photo by Nadine Marfurt on Unsplash Thank you @lizrice |

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