Blueprints for open collaboration in industry with open source: The Eclipse Working Groups

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Gaël Blondelle (Eclipse Foundation)

In the last few decades, companies have developed business models around open source providing services, extensions, courses and so on: Business friendly ecosystems around open source technologies like Linux, Eclipse, Apache have developed. In the late 2000’s, the Eclipse Foundation started to replicate the best practices that made the success of the Eclipse platform to new domains and to integrate industry players that were seen as software consumers rather than software vendors at the core of these new ecosystems. The main driver for these new form of consortia was to use open source as a framework for open collaboration and open innovation.
The presentation will briefly discuss the challenges that industries are facing (cross-company, cross-domain, long-term availability, open innovation). After that, it will focus on the creation and history of Working Groups like PolarSys and OpenMDM at the Eclipse Foundation.

Gaël Blondelle is Director of European Ecosystem Development at the Eclipse Foundation. Gaël Blondelle has accumulated specialized experience with Open Source communities since 2002. Since 2010, he has been manager of OPEES, a european project whose key result is the creation of PolarSys, the Eclipse Working Group dedicated to Open Source tools for Embedded Systems. Since he started in the software industry in 1996, Gaël has been working primarily in Telecommunications, IT and Embedded Systems industries. Since 2013 he has managed the PolarSys working group and contributes to the Eclipse ecosystem development in Europe.


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