It’s the Ecosystem, Stupid


I’ve been writing for a while on topics related to product and supply chain management in the context of open source communities, and I’ve noticed a few consistent themes in my articles and blog posts. Most notable is the call for companies to move from the “not invented here” syndrome to a more externally focused view. After all, if so much innovation is taking place in open source projects, why not take advantage of it to the fullest extent possible? You can see this theme manifested in the following ways:

  • Open source program office and management: This is all about providing structure for creating and implementing open source strategy, including programs and systems to help engineering teams meet legal requirements for participating in external open source communities. This is only valuable if the company places strategic importance on influencing external communities.