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The essential guide to Open Source in IoT 2016

The essential guide to Open Source in IoT 2016
published on Thursday July 28, 2016
Open Source goes mainstream - tools and strategies that IoT developers employ for open source, open hardware and open data.

With the dawn of the Internet of Things, software is making its way into every product, into every industry. And along with software come developers, who bring their beliefs, attitudes, expertise, and habits along with them. One of those is open source technology - a staple in the software industry since the 1980s, but a new and often scary concept for many traditional industries, whose businesses are built on protecting their assets and intellectual property. In this white paper, we’ll show that open source is already a reality in IoT, and give some insights in how companies can leverage it to their benefit. This paper illustrates how open source technologies permeate every part of the IoT development stack, and outline how it can be used as a means of market control as well as a booster of innovation and a way to tap into the IoT developer talent pool. The data have been collected from 3,700 IoT developers in 150 countries across the globe, surveyed in Q4 2015 and shines a light on how big a deal open source really is in IoT, why developers love it, and how companies can create a successful commercial strategy around the use of open source by aligning themselves with the values of that core stakeholder group that are developers.


Key Questions
  • How are open source technologies involved in the IoT development stack?
  • Should companies consider open sourcing their products, as part of a commercial strategy?
  • Top reasons why developers use open source and how can companies use these to their advantage?

Methodology

The data used to produce this report have been collected from 3,700 IoT developers in 150 countries across the globe, surveyed in Q4 2015 and sheds light on how big a deal open source really is in IoT, why developers love it. It also shows how companies can create a successful commercial strategy around the use of open source by aligning themselves with the values of that core stakeholder group that are developers.


Table of Contents
  • Introduction
  • Open Source is pervasive in IoT
  • Open Source is the new standardization
  • Open Source attracts developers
  • Conclusion