Business is Digital... And Open Source!
The digital world has proven to be the cornerstone of growth and value creation for today's companies. By automating repetitive tasks, improving collaborative processes and enhancing data storage and usage, a good IT system allows companies to focus on their core businesses rather than on the hassels of system maintenance.Thus secure and robust software has become vital for companies to maintain their competitive advantages.
Since the late 2000s, private corporations and public administrations have been losing confidence in the traditional "proprietary" software companies due to data insecurity reveled by Snowden and abusive contractual practices. These software companies have lost their reputation as being the leaders of innovation.
At the same time, the lighting fast evolution of web and mobile based applications, pushed by internet giants such as Google, Facebook and Twitter, has brought a revolution to how we use and interact and communicate. The average person is now using at least ten applications a day, mixing traditional desktop software with web and mobile applications. This exceptional growth has only been possible through the use of Open Source technologies (Apache server powers 60% of all websites, Android OS is built on top of a Linux base, Firefox has dethroned Internet Explorer etc).
Today, the internet is recognized as the one place to unite all: people are expecting their data and applications to be available anywhere, anytime. Which sets the bar high in term of security, performance and usability. Software developers are feeling this new wave in the technology ecosystem, which is growing faster than anything that has come before. By 2020, it is predicted that over 100 billion computing devices will interact through the web and the volume of data that a company typically manages will be multiplied by 50 times.
To maintain competitiveness, enterprises must adopt to this new paradigm: increase connectivity, collaborative practices, real-time data processing and exchanges. The formula for this new IT paradigm is called SMAC - Social, Mobile, Analytics and Cloud.
The heart of the SMAC stack lies in the new products being released under Open Source licenses (such as Cassandra, MongoDB, OpenStack, Hadoop) and integrated in RESTful architectures. To fill the gap that is created by the major B2C social services, enterprise applications have to adopt new internet technologies (HTML5, NodeJS, Single Page Applications...) to be more social and accessible from any device.
LINAGORA helps clients choose the best technologies and acquire the know-how to take on their specific business challenges.