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Tapping on open source for innovation: Red Hat interview

Zafirah Salim | Dec. 23, 2015
In this interview, Damien Wong, General Manager and Senior Director, ASEAN, Red Hat, shares some trends and predictions of open source, as well as talks about how businesses can better tap on open source to leverage its benefits.

According to Gartner, IoT will grow at a rate of 5.5 million 'things' each day in 2016, encompassing a total of nearly 6.4 billion connected devices. By 2020, this figure is expected to rise to 20.7 billion units. Besides lowering costs and ensuring high quality code, open source solutions also help to address some of the most daunting challenges facing the IoT - scale, freedom to innovate, and inter-operability.

How do you see open source take-up developing in 2015, and can you comment on the future of open source in ASEAN?

Globally, 78 percent of companies run part of its operations on open source at present, and corporate engagement with open source is expected to deepen in the next two to three years with an increased number who would consider open source over proprietary options.

We are also seeing open source gain enterprise adoption as it emerges as the preferred way for new technology development. It is evolving and is now the foundation on which many developing technologies like cloud and mobile are being built.

In addition, we are seeing an increase in open source talent in ASEAN as more organisations turn to more lucrative options like open source software for managing workloads and operational flexibility. However, there is still a long way to go as most of them are still not fully aware of the potential that open source software offers. Open source is a great alternative for business software as it offers IT leaders the platform of flexibility and agility for their enterprise.


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