Application development leaders love open source because it helps them improve development velocity by leveraging 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 certainly plays a role in that.
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
- Inconsistent maintenance and security standards
- Supply chain resilience concerns
Tidelift host Kanish Sharma and guest speaker Jim Mercer, IDC research vice president, will dive into these challenges and discuss the best approach to addressing them in a free webinar, The importance of a sound open source software supply chain management strategy.
You can also check out this spotlight paper by Jim Mercer discussing how using a curated internal repository of open source software can improve efficiency and reduce security risks.
You can register for the webinar here and join us on Thursday, October 13 at 3 p.m. ET / 12 p.m. PT.