Together with TODO group and Linux Foundation Research, The New Stack is conducting a survey as part of a research project on the prevalence and outcomes of open source programs among different organizations across the globe. Open source program offices (OSPOs) help set open source strategies and improve an organization’s software development practices.
Businesses are increasingly turning to open source for community and collaboration. OSPOs speed development and improve collaboration.
This year marks the 4th annual TODO Group survey and The New Stack has been fortunate to collaborate with some of the best thinkers in open source. Last year, the study findings revealed that 80% of respondents who work at an organization with an OSPO say they had a positive impact on company development practices. Most respondents believed the programs help their engineering or product teams, with 56% saying the OSPO is very or extremely business-critical to the success of these teams.
What Do We Want to Know in 2021
In 2021, there are still many organizations that are struggling to understand what open source is and determine if they should move beyond traditional thinking to use open source or release software as open source. Added to that are a host of new projects being released. With open source, there are various commitment levels and contributions that can be received from the community across development, testing, forum contributions and sharing of best practices. Organizations can collaborate on a shared vision based on common problems that everyone in the community has which is one of the biggest benefits of open source.
Please participate to help the community better understand the current state of open source! This year’s survey will take no more than 15-minutes of your time, and will help glean insights into several areas, including:
- The extent of adoption of open source programs and initiatives
- Concerns around the hiring of open source developers
- Perceived benefits and challenges of open source programs
- The impact of open source on organizational strategy Survey closes in July 2021.
Participants will also nominate up to six companies that exemplify good open source community citizenship which will include non-technology or software companies who are end-users. Also, this year, the survey includes more industry categories (universities, NGOs, different types of governments) as interest in open source programs has risen beyond a core group of large technology companies.
As a thank you for completing this survey, you will receive a 75% discount code on enrollment in The Linux Foundation’s Open Source Management and Strategy training program, a $375 savings. This seven-course online training series is designed to help executives, managers, and software developers understand and articulate the basic concepts for building effective open source practices within their organization. The survey closes in July 2021.
Please know that your privacy and confidentiality is our priority and highly important to us. The New Stack never has and never will share your personal information.
Be sure to join the inaugural OSPO event, OSPOCon in Seattle on Sept. 27-29, to hear the survey results firsthand.
The Linux Foundation is a sponsor of The New Stack.