Companies that have established open-source program offices over the years now need more C-suite oversight to drive education, awareness, and use of open-source software. This open-source program sets the stage for an expanded role for officers.
Incorporating open-source technology gives organizations an ecosystem that expands the user base, resulting in loyalty and stickiness. It also brings with it the need for greater executive oversight of open-source initiatives. Staying on top of open-source security best practices is critically important, and disclosing and patching vulnerabilities is essential.
Javier Perez, Perforce’s chief open-source evangelist, sees a trend to drive open source in 2023. More organizations will realize that open-source software is critical to their operations and will move from consumers to participants with increased use and adoption for business-critical infrastructure.
All software now contains open-source components, but some companies don’t even know how much open source they use, he said.
More businesses are no longer the only consumers of open source. They are becoming active contributors, promoting and educating their engineering teams. Therefore, whether using completely open-source or commercial products with embedded open-source code, organizations need to pay more attention to their software license management.
How to do this requires a focus on the duties of open-source program offices. According to Perez, half of the organizations at the Software Summit run by Perforce have such executives.
“It’s becoming more popular and strategic. Talking about the strategy open-source projects companies are going to invest in,” Perez told LinuxInsider.
Threat Zones and the Role of the CISO
Despite the growing use of open source across all industries, ongoing malicious software supply chain attacks will slow open source adoption this year, warned Paul Speciale, chief marketing officer at data management firm Scality.
Malware and ransomware attacks have increased so much that the world is now infiltrated every few minutes, causing businesses millions of dollars in losses per incident and consuming untold IT cycles. He explained that we have seen security compromises in commercial software solutions, as seen in recent high-profile attacks.
“Open-source software dependency will become a growing threat vector, requiring enterprises to more carefully evaluate and test these technologies before deploying them on a large scale,” Special told LinuxInsider.
Eric Cole, a consultant at data security firm Theon Technology and former CIA professional hacker, suggested the focus this year would be on regulating the software, not unlike actions already taken by European governments.
“We will see a major shift in the CISO (chief information security officer) role, including increased hiring and firing of CISO positions,” Cole told LinuxInsider.
He predicted that the position would pivot to hiring more business-oriented individuals who can communicate with the board, rather than existing technical people who currently fill the role.
Integrated Offering Major OSS Citadel
A continued move toward modular software solutions will drive new adoption toward open source solutions in 2023, according to Moses Gutman, CEO and co-founder of machine learning operations platform developer ClearML.
MLOps teams should consider open-source infrastructure instead of being locked into long-term contracts with cloud providers. While organizations doing machine learning at hyper-scale can undoubtedly benefit from integration with their cloud providers, it forces these companies to work the way the provider wants them to work, he offered. .
“Open source provides flexible customization, cost savings, and efficiency. You can even modify open-source code to make sure it works exactly the way you want it to.” With this, it’s becoming a more viable option,” Gutman told LinuxInsider.
One of the factors slowing MLOps adoption is the overabundance of point solutions. That doesn’t mean they don’t work, he offered. But they may not integrate well together and leave gaps in the workflow.
Gutman said, “Because of that, I firmly believe that 2023 is the year the industry moves toward a unified, end-to-end platform built from modules that can be used individually and integrated seamlessly.” could.”
Open-source adoption in 2023
This year, it will become clear that open source is not just the domain of large enterprises like IBM, Google, Red Hat and Microsoft. It is now a necessity for every industry and small companies as well.
“We see a lot of banks now contributing directly to open source as they specialize. So, we see adoption across all industries. Many companies are becoming more receptive to open source and open source becoming more actively involved in maintaining and advancing the