Open Source: Getting the Most from Innovation

Not all data that’s valuable is internal and proprietary. New initiatives by governments as diverse as those of the United States, Mexico, and Singapore are opening the spigots of readily usable public data. Corporate information too is becoming more “liquid,” moving across the economy as companies begin sharing data with their business partners and, sometimes, consumers. Also surging is the richness of the information from data aggregators, which are assembling, rendering anonymous, and selling a wide range of data flows. Then add huge volumes of data from social-media interactions, available from providers of digital platforms such as Twitter and Facebook.

These new sources of open data represent an expanding trove of largely unexploited value. One everyday illustration of open data at work is a smartphone app that uses real-time data (provided by transit authorities) to tell commuters when the next bus or train will arrive. Using open or pooled data from many sources—all the businesses in a particular sector, for example—often combined with proprietary big data, can help companies develop insights they could not have uncovered with internal data alone.

Delivering Innovative Open Source Solutions

A software manager’s ability to estimate, schedule, and plan resources accurately has always been a challenge, but today it’s even more difficult. Not only is code more complex and time-consuming to develop, it’s more crucial to system operation—from bios to firmware, from middleware to drivers and application software. And often, it has to be designed and validated in parallel with the hardware, which creates an unprecedented level of project-management complexity. The penalties for poor project prediction are painful. A slip in the project schedule imperils three things: revenues, profits, and careers. But is it really a “slip”? Or do pushed-out, understaffed, over budget projects reflect a lack of fact-based planning?

Technical Expertise

We provide technology strategy and implementation services to optimize and accelerate the use of open source based on wide-ranging business and industry knowledge and deep technology experience. Open source is more crucial than ever for mission-critical enterprise computing and a compelling building block for cost-effective enterprise applications and infrastructure. By delivering technological flexibility at an attractive cost, open source has become a driving force behind enterprise agility, operational effectiveness and business innovation.

Technology decision makers now support open source implementations so that their enterprises can take advantage of better software quality, reliability, security and feature sets. Time to market can be reduced and enterprise IT budgets can be more effectively managed, since open source helps lower the total cost of ownership.  

 

Related Practices

Managing strategy and stakeholders includes ensuring continuous alignment of the project with the business strategy and value objectives, detailed analysis of stakeholder positions, vendor management, and proactive risk identification and mitigation.

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We help organizations build competitive advantage through the development of sustainable, world-class project management capabilities.

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