A hextuple sales increase – this is the primary and the most telling conclusion from the last decade on the open source market. More than 800 professionals discussed the continuing development of the domain and its prospects for the future during the latest Open Source Day conference. The historic 10th edition of one of Europe’s biggest events dedicated to open source software opened on 17th May 2017 under the auspices of the Ministry of Digital Affairs and the National Centre for Research and Development.
This year’s Open Source Day attracted 800 participants and 3000 online spectators, including, but not limited to, IT experts and business actors. The conference hosted representatives of leading global technology brands – not only those who rely primarily on open source, but also those associated mostly with proprietary solutions, but who become more and more interested in the former.
– Open source technologies nowadays are used by 4 in 5 enterprises, and one could be tempted to say most of us use them daily. This makes the open source one of the most rapidly developing branches of contemporary IT that cannot be ignored by any serious market player. The figures are self-evident – the sales of open source software increased six-fold over the last decade. The strength of this technology is further confirmed by the commercial success of companies that base their activities solely on open source solutions. The 10th edition of the conference was the perfect opportunity to sum up this market’s dynamic development in Poland, said Dariusz Świąder, CEO of Linux Polska, the primary organizer of the Open Source Day conference.
The special guest of this year’s edition was Dariusz Jemielniak, expert in open collaboration, and the first member of the Wikimedia Foundation board of trustees elected from outside of the USA and Western Europe. His speech focused on mechanisms that run and regulate the operation of communities gathered around open source and open content movements.
All main session speeches focused on the growing importance of technology in the development of businesses and how open source is becoming the key component of products and services offered in various sectors of the economy. According to IDC research, by 2020, half of the Global 2000 companies will rely on technology for commercial success. Moreover, as many speakers have pointed out, modern IT solutions that have become indispensable in business – such as cloud technologies – are based primarily on open source software. Speakers also touched upon the matters of IT security and how the implementation of open source software enables enterprises to exert greater control over company resources.
Another highlight of this year’s agenda were technology workshops. The sessions, aimed to develop practical skills for working with open source software were attended by more than 200 persons in total.
The honorary sponsors of the conference were the Ministry of Digital Affairs and the National Centre for Research and Development. Red Hat was the Platinum Partner of the event. Google offered support as the Technology Partner. Gold Partners included Docker, EDB, Microsoft and Suse. Silver Partners: MySQL, Zabbix, IT EMCA, Zextras, and Intalio. The event was covered by media partners, such as: PC Format, Warsaw Business Journal, eGospodarka.pl, Linux.pl, OSworld.pl, ITwiz, Mamstartup.pl, and the Programista magazine.