In the past 20 years, software has become increasingly important for industrial manufacturers, a trend that is expected to continue in the future. At the same time, the share of open source technologies in the software business has increased rapidly. However, while closed software development is considered “daily business,” active participation in open source communities is still a fairly new approach for industrial manufacturers.
Recognizing the relevance of open source for its future business, Bosch has increased its open source activities significantly in the last years, particularly in areas such as the internet of things, development tools, automotive, embedded devices, the cloud, containers, and open source management. Steffen Evers offers an overview of the major activities and reveals insights into Bosch’s motivation.
Steffen Evers is head of open source services at Bosch Software Innovations, where he leads the team that provides development services for open source software essential to the company and consults on strategy, community work, software management, and compliance processes in the area of OSS. For nearly 20 years, Steffen has researched, taught, and promoted open source development and supported various companies in the use of OSS to achieve their business objectives.
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