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Open Source: Shattering Inefficiencies and Accelerating Innovation

oss innovationWhen two people are analyzing a problem or working on a project together, it’s likely they will have different ideas and interpretations. When this occurs, especially in a revenue-producing environment, oftentimes collaboration tools can help produce the best results.

Placing a strong emphasis on collaboration, many businesses are turning toward open source solutions. That’s because open source code is developed by a community of enthusiastic programmers who edit each other’s code in a process called continuous integration. In this process, the coders put their work in a shared directory several times a day, allowing their colleagues to go over it with a fine-toothed comb to detect any problems in the code that could possibly cause serious harm—like when Heartbleed was discovered (although in theory, such a flaw should have been discovered long before it was).

Such a system allows businesses to bypass inefficiencies and, in turn, accelerate the speed with which innovation occurs in-house. With open source, businesses become unfragmented as distinct departmental silos are dissolved and decision makers get an unobstructed view of all aspects of the manufacturing process.

Rather than having one programmer—or even a team of programmers at one company—work on technology, open source allows for collaboration across multiple businesses and verticals. The result? Higher-quality software that is more secure and adaptable.

From an economic perspective, it’s relatively inexpensive to adopt open source solutions and the accompanying philosophy. On the other hand, it’s costly not to. By choosing to give open source a try, companies will quickly realize the benefits that come along with putting collaboration at the heart of an organization.

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More Stories By Lacey Thoms

Lacey Thoms is a marketing specialist and blogger at Protecode, a provider of open source license management solutions. During her time at Protecode, Lacey has written many articles on open source software management. She has a background in marketing communications, digital advertising, and web design and development. Lacey has a Bachelor’s Degree in Mass Communications from Carleton University.