Open source, in the form of both software and hardware is big business—really big business. This past week, Wal-Mart Stores, one of the largest retailers in the world proved it once again when they announced that they would make their application lifecycle management tool OneOps available as an open source project. Why give away something that you created yourself that gives your company an advantage? Because companies like Wal-Mart and General Electric (with their Open Innovation initiative) are finding that proprietary is being beat by collaboration and openness.
Turning a company’s proprietary work into something shared in the market can reap benefits as others also help innovate and return new features and functionality to your work.
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