Carl-Eric Mols holds since 2008 the position as the Head of Open Source SW Operations in Sony Mobile, the smartphone subsidiary of Sony Corporation. As such, he has the responsibility to drive and evolve Sony Mobile’s abilities and capabilities of handling and govern Open Source in all its aspects, i.e. to evolve Sony Mobile’s ‘Open Source Maturity’. His background is within the field of software engineering – although nowadays many of his colleagues are convinced that he has a copyright law degree.
Shun the ”only use, but not contribute” trap in Open Source!
After some initial hesitation, many companies allows for Open Source to be introduced in software development “as long you don’t engage in Open Source communities”. This talk presents why this restricted view likely leads to severe impacts on maintenance, requirement management, and in the end, innovation.