Today’s disruption is tomorrow’s tool.
Based on entirely unscientific observation it seems that there has been a noticeable uptick in references to open source tools in blogs and tweets from Oracle Technology Network community members. Having sprung into action on far flimsier assumptions, this seems to me a perfect opportunity to check with community members about any recent changes in their use of open source software. As it turns out, open source has indeed been generating some additional heat of late.
In his role as a senior consultant for Capgemini, Oracle ACE Associate Phil Wilkins works with a variety of organizations. “My relationship with open source has ebbed and flowed, very much influenced by an organization’s predisposition to open source,” he says. “But it has never gone away. Who doesn’t regularly encounter Tomcat or Jetty?”
Open source has taken on a much more relevant role for me.
That project and those products left an impression. Late in 2016, Bors presented sessions focused on the project at the German Oracle User Group (DOAG) and UK Oracle User Group (UKOUG) conferences. And there’s more open source in his future. “I will continue to use Oracle JET and NetBeans for UI development as much as possible,” Bors says.
Last year also marked a change for Oracle ACE Arturo Viveros, principal architect at Sysco AS, based in Norway. “Open source has taken on a much more relevant role for me,” he says. “I attribute this in some measure to the influence cloud computing and digital transformation are having on the way we do things.” Viveros also cites the influence of open source tools for continuous integration and automated provisioning, such as Jenkins, Puppet, Ansible, Chef, and Vagrant.
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“This kind of technology lets you keep the ‘infrastructure as code’ as well as automate and streamline the development and release lifecycle, improving time to market and reducing both overhead and the possibility of human error without losing a lot of flexibility,” Viveros explains. “Also, it stirs organizations closer to a true DevOps approach, which has become even more attractive and necessary with hybrid cloud integration.”
Viveros expects to continue working with open source, looking into “practical ways to leverage disruptive technologies such as Docker, Kubernetes, Elasticsearch, Kafka, and Blockstack.” He also plans to continue his involvement with the communities around the various open source products. “When you use these tools with a purpose, it becomes quite natural to help improve them, extend the available public resources, provide your own, and give as much feedback as possible,” he explains.
Oracle ACE Robert van Molken, senior integration and cloud specialist with AMIS, based in the Netherlands, also saw his use of open source increase in 2016, thanks to his work on creating a pluggable Internet of Things (IoT) solution.
Disruptive technologies, van Molken asserts, “tend to start as open source projects.”
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