Open Source – The driving force of technology innovation and beyond

Several years ago, open source was popular and on the rise in our daily activities such as cash withdrawal from ATMs, using the Internet for access to social networks and buying stocks online. Today, open source has become the driving force behind much of the technology innovation – all of the key mega-trends in technology are happening because of user participation, which defines the future of technology.

Open source also extends to how organizations and individuals now work. Rather than planning ahead and scripting everything out ahead of time, organizations start by creating the context for individuals to act and try new things. A recent study says three in five existing jobs in the 10 economies in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations will be automated by 2025. There will be job carnage in some unexpected areas – among surgeons, actuaries, insurance agents and paralegals, for example. As a result, we’re seeing organizations achieve the innovative breakthroughs everyone is always chasing.

In the technology industry, the use of open source is resulting in incredible innovations at an equally incredible rate. Specifically, I am impressed by the rapid adoption of container technology by a vast array of companies. Indeed, the appeal of the emerging container platforms is that they cut two ways: they enable companies to cut costs and implementation times while simultaneously boosting the speed of innovation. Today, with modern and agile IT services, these projects are counted in hours and minutes, which used to be measured in eeks, months, and even years in some cases – a major reason why open source has become so popular.

But as that evolution in the technology industry commences, it is worth noting the crucial role that we expect open source to play in supporting it. As containers open up limitless opportunities for applications inside an organization to interact with each other, it is important for organizations to know how to rethink its role in training and then the government to know how to maintain and support such a dynamic environment. In short, it will require a fundamental rethinking of all the technology and functions involved in running an application portfolio.

Organizations simply can’t rely on a proprietary piece of source code to manage their increasing multitude of application micro-services that are powering their critical business transactions. There are also hurdles to be cleared that we don’t even know about yet that will rise up as container adoption becomes even more mainstream. That’s why the infrastructure behind the data and application control center of the future is given lots of attention and heavily invested as we recognize how the adaptability of open source can play a critical role in this regard.

Over the past year, we’ve also seen how the open source approach to solving problems has continued to spread beyond the technology world to help combat some of our society’s thorniest issues. Example that is driven from government’s initiative includes the open access to health data launched last year, which is helping to enhance the continuity of care, promote public-private partnership and improve the quality of healthcare services. Even with this momentum, chances are more companies and industries will continue to see the value of opening up their approach to business in the coming years.

Across sectors, innovation happens because of open source. Contribution by contribution, individuals are changing the world, creating disruption, and working to solve problems that have stumped generations. At the same time, our government also needs to work imaginatively to create appropriate regulatory arrangements to enable the new technologies to develop. Open innovation is not only present, it also represents our future.