For organisations open-source software is becoming a significantly profitable venture that is reflecting the political landscape of western society – allowing for unregulated access and investment of capital to the most productive operation. We are witnessing companies beginning to invest in open-source software constructing the framework for an open ecosystem. Hewlett-Packard (HP) releasing source information of its internal e-speak program to the public in 2000 is just one example.
According to Rajiv Gupta the manager of HP’s eSpeak program, the increased usage of open source software from organisations and consumers, the more valuable it becomes. This was noted by Daniel Roth with Google creating the Open Handset Alliance and the platform for multiple ‘gPhones.’ Thus contributing to the rise of Android.
Rajiv Gupta illustrates that open-source software is increasingly profitable for organisations through expansion of products and services within the market. Open-source software further reduces the cost of development and marketing. Following HP’s move a multitude of companies have followed the open-source path to success as open-source increases the capacity of organisations to reach a wider audience.
Igor Faletski states that this is achieved through reducing the barrier of adoption, especially if organisational products require mass adoption or consumption for return on investment. Additionally open-source benefits companies that specialise in certain areas, with investment in security and continue to do so as newer versions are implemented. Furthermore open-source allows for progress of software and design. This is due to the notion that the code will experience heavy use by programmers, allowing for fixes and development.