What CIOs don’t know about open source software 

More companies are contributing to open source projects, but the management of open source software is still chaotic.Those are two of the findings of the 2016 Future of Open Source survey from Black Duck Software, a maker of products to help secure and manage open source code.The survey of over 1,300 developers, development managers, architects, CIOs, CSOs and CEOs from 64 countries found that many companies that previously downloaded and used open source software without contributing to any projects are starting to give something back to the community. Sixty-seven percent of companies said they now actively encourage their developers to engage in and contribute to relevant open source projects, and one in three have full-time resources dedicated to open source projects.Download the May digital magazineCover story: How analytics transforms IoT data into business intelligenceREAD NOW[ Also on CIO.com: Open source: Career-maker, or wipeout? ]”I call it the second stage of open source adoption,” says Jeffrey Hammond, a principal analyst at Forrester Research. “It used to be that companies said, ‘We let developers contribute, but only in their own time, using their own email.’ Now they are saying that they want their developers to contribute to projects under the company name.”One reason for this, Hammond believes, is that the latest generation of developers are so used to contributing to open source projects and sharing code with other developers that they will only work for companies that allow them to continue doing so. That means that companies that want to retain talent have little choice but to allow contributions to open source projects.There’s another reason as well, Hammond says, and it’s to do with recruiting the top developers who work on relevant projects. “Companies are saying that they want to attract developers in those communities that are strategic for them.”

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