Open Source software (OSS) is a routine component of German industry’s everyday business life, featuring a variety of viable business models and a high level of economic efficiency for supplier and user alike. This is substantiated by the findings of a November 2015 study indicating that OSS is used in one form or another in all of the DAX companies.
In recent years, the Open Source software development, licensing and business model has evolved at a rapid pace. In fact, in many German companies OSS has now acquired mission-critical significance. Thus, Open Source software has long since become an important economic factor in Germany and across Europe, and figures as an enormously important aspect of the B2B IT landscape.
Its role is actually far greater than that which has become embedded in general perception and awareness. That is also one of the reasons for the uncertainty, ignorance and difficulties that still prevail in procurement and contract placement.
As an engine for greater economic efficiency, critical features of Open Source software include its high degree of innovation, quality, flexibility and potential for savings – along with security. Thanks to these attributes, Open Source software is an indispensable basis for the creation of future added value by the IT industry.
The difference between OSS and proprietary (supplier-constrained) software is primarily the fact that the source code is freely accessible. This gives commercial users more control over their IT and greater security. Proprietary software does not permit this, as users must often rely on blind faith in the manufacturer. A change in software service providers or their cessation in trading does not require costly software replacement, as another service provider can continue to maintain the existing software.
But Open Source software is far more than that. The popular Apache web server and the MySQL database system are excellent examples of this. Open Source software also owns a decisive share of current megatrends such as the Internet of Things and will continue to do so in future developments.
Source: SerNet-Study (19/02/2016)
The Open Source Park brings together exhibitors of multiple different aspects of the B2B benefits of Open Source hardware and software. This year, it is located in Hall 3 (D35 / D36). The joint stand consolidates the trade fair presentations of important Open Source exhibitors under one roof. This guarantees visitors a concentrated source of information and affords individual exhibitors opportunities for significantly enhanced visibility and attention-grabbing. The Open Source Park is the largest business-oriented event for Open Source software in Europe.
One of the most popular events at CeBIT, the Open Source Forum takes place in Hall 3, Stand D35. It’s where the leading experts of the Open Source scene get together to track down the latest trends in about 60 high-caliber specialist lectures. A key objective of the forum is to emphasize its enormous, multifaceted significance for the entire B2B IT area. Its aim is to familiarize mid-size businesses and SMEs in particular with the huge potential benefit to be derived from application of Open Source hardware and software. Key themes planned for 2016 include the Internet of Things, systems administration and automation, open hardware and Raspberry Pi as well as security and privacy. The individual lectures including subsequent question and answer sessions take approx. 20 to 45 minutes. The lectures are given in German and English.