The public cloud has exponentially grown over the past several years. The acceleration of open source adoption has followed suit. Tech Radar brought this subject to our attention in their article, “Predictions for open source and cloud over the months ahead.”

The positive outcome of this growth is that businesses have been freed from their ties to proprietary software by the public cloud. They are adopting open source technologies in unprecedented numbers. In fact, a recent survey found that 85% of enterprises reported they already used open source in their organization and over 90% of developers say that open source will be a part of their businesses in the future.

The reality of this was made clear in the COVID-19 pandemic when the open source community reacted quickly by disseminating data under the open model and creating dashboards and apps to track the progression of the virus. At the beginning of the pandemic, there was a surge of open hardware designs for ventilators and other critical equipment that was in short supply.

Building on this technology, Apple and Google collaborated in the fight against COVID-19 by providing a common API to enable the creation of standard applications by health authorities around the world.

Melody K. Smith

Sponsored by Access Innovations, the world leader in thesaurus, ontology, and taxonomy creation and metadata application.