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Director at PwC Germany
Tel: +49 69 9585-1746
Open Source Software (OSS) is everywhere – in consumer electronics, household appliances and medical technology, from automobiles and production lines to enterprise IT and mobile services, in all these areas you can find OSS directly or indirectly. Emerging technologies such as Blockchain, Artificial Intelligence (AI) or Robot Process Automation (RPA) also use Open Source Software.
The progressive digitalisation of products and services and the increasing importance of disruptive technologies means the question for companies is no longer whether but how they use and deploy OSS. “Shared Economy” and developer cooperations avoid in-house capacity bottlenecks and achieve faster time-to-market as well as providing the required openness and transparency.
“I haven’t encountered really well-managed Open Source Software use and compliance in many companies and this has to change. I recommend that you first develop a strategy for OSS deployment on the following basis: what potential do you want to achieve and what risks do you want to avoid.”
Through the targeted use of OSS you can save costs and development capacities, at the same time participate in the latest developments, help set standards and become less dependent on software manufacturers. It is, however, important to ensure open source compliance for software licenses to avoid unintentional license violations which could lead to financial, continuity and reputational risks.
Have you seized the opportunities that Open Source Software offers your company and adequately mitigated the risks? Do you have the OSS compliance of your (software) suppliers under control?
Cost and time savings
Use and share available knowledge
Support and further development
Take advantage of our holistic approach to create trust in Open Source Software and use it in the best way possible.
“If you ask yourself these questions, you can set up the right compliance measures - in-house as well as for external suppliers - and the corresponding processes. The aim is to establish trust in the use of open source software in-house and with your suppliers.”
Director, PwC Germany
Tel: +49 69 9585-1746
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