Everything open source
May 16–17, 2016: Training & Tutorials
May 18–19, 2016: Conference
Austin, TX

How to convince your manager to go open source

2:40pm–3:20pm Wednesday, 05/18/2016
Open Source 101
Location: Ballroom C Level: Non-technical
Average rating: ***..
(3.75, 4 ratings)

Prerequisite knowledge

Attendees should have experience or interest in working on a project that they want to open source.


Very often when discussing whether or not to go open source, you hear concerns about loss of business, inconvenient transparency, and the loss of control. Christian Grail explains how he convinced his managers—from two different projects—to go open source. Based on his experience, Christian offers guidance on how you can address concerns about open source and convince your manager to go open source too.

Key questions and concerns include:

  • How are we going to make money if we give our software away for free?
  • How should we handle security fixes?
  • How will we surprise our customers if everything is openly available?
  • Our developers are not ready to show their code to the world.
  • We don’t want to lose control of this project to the open source community.
  • Who is going to manage all those millions of developers who are going to contribute to our project?
  • Won’t the quality of our project suffer if so many people with different backgrounds contribute to it?
  • Who is going to pay thousands of dollars to attend our conferences where we show our new features and functionalities?
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Christian Grail


Christian Grail is a development architect at SAP in Palo Alto, CA, working in the User Experience and Design team, where he helps to dramatically improve the appearance and usability of enterprise applications. Christian loves working with Angular, SAP UI5, and Node.js and is evangelizing agile development methods like test-driven development, pair programming, and code reviews.