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Intuit 2020 Predictions: A two way connection to open-source

VMblog Predictions 2020 

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By Raji Arasu, SVP, Intuit Platform and Services

A two way connection to open-source

As we head into 2020, the need to move with speed and innovate will continue to grow exponentially. To that goal, enterprises will utilize open source and cloud native technologies to increase their development velocity. Large enterprises, who benefit from innovation in the open source communities, will increase investments in open source giving them access to a broader developer community, attract talent and accelerate expertise, while using it as a retention tool for their internal developers. 2018-19 has clearly shown us the trend with IBM buying RedHat, SUSE by EQT, MSFT buying GitHub, Intuit buying Applatix, the team behind Argo, and Splunk buying Streamlio. The trend will only continue. Naturally, as companies hire talent from these communities, developers will continue to participate and contribute back to the communities. For example, after Intuit acquired Applatix, the team continued their mission to participate in the CNCF communities, joined forces with fellow CNCF member BlackRock, and contributed to the cloud native community projects that started with solving the needs Intuit internally had running large scale Kubernetes infrastructure.

The same principles that create open source software are also being adopted within the four walls of enterprises, including Intuit, as well, especially in infrastructure and platform development areas fostering open contributions and inner source from the consumers of platform. Developers are increasingly using similar, if not the same, set of tools and practices in the development of both open source and internal projects blending the lines between the two.

Cloud computing, open source, software-as-a-service consumption models have fundamentally changed the way we develop, deploy, and run services and applications. Consumers (of the cloud technologies) have also become producers and are contributing experiences and projects borne out of running their own large scale infrastructures to the communities by open sourcing their IP. A couple of such innovations include Kafka from LinkedIn and Cassandra from Yahoo!. Cloud vendors offer many such open sourced innovations as managed services, mostly because of customer demand from consumers participating in the open source communities, thus creating a virtuous cycle. Future will bring many more such innovations to the market where consumers and producers of infrastructure collaborate in the open, benefiting the communities at large. 

Enterprises are realizing that open source contribution requires commitment, support from the top, investment and evangelism. Open source evangelists are increasingly sought after to help market the key open source initiatives developed by these enterprises and connect them to the broader developer community


About the Author

Raji Arasu, Senior Vice President, Platform and Services, Intuit

Raji Arasu 

Raji Arasu is Intuit's senior vice president of Platform and Services. In this role she leads the development of the company's platforms and core services supporting Intuit's flagship products like QuickBooks, QuickBooks Self Employed, Mint, Turbo and TurboTax. Prior to Intuit, she served as chief technology officer for eBay subsidiary StubHub, after holding a variety of leadership roles at eBay. Arasu is on the board of Financial Data Exchange and serves on the board of directors at NIC Inc.

Published Tuesday, January 21, 2020 7:32 AM by David Marshall
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