Upcoming Talk on Corporate Open Source Governance in Berlin (in German)

Ich halte zwis­chen 20–40 Indus­trievorträge im Jahr. Es sind zuviele, um diese kon­tinuier­lich zu bewer­ben. Hier aber möchte ich auf einen Vor­trag in Berlin hin­weisen, im Rah­men des ASQF, zum Thema Cor­po­rate Open Source Gov­er­nance.

Governance von Open Source im Unternehmen und in Produkten

Open-Source-Soft­ware ist immer kosten­los und häu­fig von hoher Qual­ität. Anwen­der kön­nen den ggf. kost­spieli­gen Her­steller-Lock-In ver­mei­den, da der Quell­text mit entsprechen­den Nutzungsrechten immer bereit steht. Allerd­ings kommt die Nutzung von Open-Source-Soft­ware im Unternehmen und in Pro­duk­ten mit ihren eige­nen Risiken. Die Nutzung von Open Source kann zu Recht­skla­gen führen, deren Kon­se­quenz finanzieller und Rep­u­ta­tionsver­lust sein kön­nen. Aus dem Grund muss die Nutzung von Open-Source-Soft­ware entsprechen­den Gov­er­nance-Prozessen unter­wor­fen wer­den. In diesem Vor­trag gebe ich einen Überblick über die ver­schiede­nen Aspekte und Erfol­gsmeth­o­den der Open-Source-Gov­er­nance und –Com­pli­ance. Sie reichen von der Nutzung qual­i­ta­tiv hochw­er­tiger Open-Source-Kom­po­nen­ten bis hin zur Leitung von Open-Source-Pro­jek­ten, um strate­gis­che Ziele des Unternehmens zu erre­ichen.

Datum: 2016-06-02
Uhrzeit: 18–20:00 Uhr
Ort: Frauen­hofer FOKUS, Kaiserin-Augusta-Allee 31, 10589 Berlin

I want my computer to be as easy to use as my rice cooker

There is a (by now old­ish) say­ing, attrib­uted to Bjarne Strous­trup:

I have always wished for my com­puter to be as easy to use as my tele­phone; my wish has come true because I can no longer fig­ure out how to use my tele­phone.

I used to riff on this with the fol­low­ing vari­ant:

For the sake of my par­ents, I want their com­puter to be as easy to use as my rice cooker. 

My wish now has come true, as the WSJ reports about the new Mi rice cooker (local copy), which is con­trolled by a mobile app and needs reset­ting using a small pin.

The looming bubble in Lego bricks

In 2014, for a course that teaches stu­dents team­work, I bought 20 sets of basic lego bricks for a bridge build­ing exer­cise. The cost per set was 20 Euro. This year the num­ber of stu­dents in our project courses exceeded what could be done with this basic set of legos and so I looked to buy more. 

Two years later, the cost of these sets has exploded to more than 100 Euros per set. Mostly that’s because (a) the actual set was retired and (b) there is no proper replace­ment, just new “clas­sic sets” that come with lots of pieces that nobody wants. I sense a bub­ble in the Lego bricks mar­ket… divest your­self now! Send them my way! 

The Internet is Eating the Things

A lot of my indus­try talks empha­size the value of soft­ware over hard­ware because of the sig­nif­i­cantly higher speed of inno­va­tion. In a well run con­tin­u­ous soft­ware engi­neer­ing (DevOps) orga­ni­za­tion, you can go from com­mit to pro­duc­tion within sec­onds. Try that with hard­ware! The feed­back you can gather from cus­tomers and the mar­ket is at least a power of ten faster in soft­ware than in hard­ware, cre­at­ing a whole new layer of prod­uct inno­va­tion on top of exist­ing hard­ware plat­forms.

I use the fol­low­ing slide to drive home the point, kind of abus­ing Marc Andreesen (though I bet he would like it), for this pur­pose.

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Why you should not cite research work on Wikipedia that is not freely available

I rec­om­mend that Wikipedia arti­cles do not ref­er­ence research papers that are not freely avail­able, just like research papers should not cite research work that is not freely avail­able. Any­one who cites non-open-access, non-free research bases their work and argu­ment on mate­ri­als not acces­si­ble to the vast major­ity of peo­ple on this planet. By doing so, authors exclude almost every­one else from ver­i­fy­ing and cri­tiquing their work. They thereby stop sci­ence and progress dead in their tracks.

My advice is that authors need to under­stand that non-open-access, non-free research arti­cles have not been pub­lished, they have been buried behind a pay­wall. With the vast major­ity of peo­ple not hav­ing access to such paid-for mate­ri­als, any such buried arti­cle is not a con­tri­bu­tion to the progress of sci­ence and should be ignored. 

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Software is Eating the World auf Deutsch

My uni­ver­sity is prepar­ing a bid for a major (fairly broad) Ger­man com­puter sci­ence con­fer­ence. We are won­der­ing how one would trans­late Marc Andreesen’s dik­tum “soft­ware is eat­ing the world” into Ger­man. Soft­ware ver­schlingt die Welt? Naja. Vorschläge gern gese­hen, Kom­mentare auch.