Increasingly, application development teams are taking advantage of open source components to improve development velocity and leverage the innovative potential of the open source community. The most recent IDC Accelerated Application Delivery Survey showed that the percentage of organizations delivering new application features in one to two weeks doubled between 2020 and 2021, and open source makes it easier to ship software faster.
While OSS has a reputation for being "free," organizations need to understand and plan for hidden costs associated with open source software, such as:
- Legal and licensing
- Security and maintenance
- Federal regulation and penalties
- Inconsistent maintenance and security standards
- Supply chain resilience concerns
Tidelift host Kanish Sharma and guest speaker Jim Mercer, IDC research vice president, dived into these challenges and discussed the best approach to addressing them.