On this page:
- What is OW2?
- The Origin of OW2
- The OW2 Opportunity
- The OW2 Business Ecosystem Strategy (read )
- OW2 as a Business Ecosystem Platform (read )
- OW2 Open Source Strategies (read )
What is OW2?
OW2 is an independent, global, open-source software community. We are not academics, we are not researchers, we are not lobbyists, we foster open source projects and we actually deliver software, and we claim to be the only such non-profit open source organisation of EU origin and DNA.
The mission of OW2 is to a) promote the development of open-source middleware, generic business applications, cloud computing platforms and b) foster a vibrant community and business ecosystem.
OW2 developments follow a flexible, component-based approach. These components range from specific software frameworks, protocols, and applications through integrated, service-oriented platforms for enterprise computing.
OW2 is an independent non-profit organization open to companies, public organizations, academia and individuals. OW2 is an open organization.
OW2 is committed to growing a community of open source code developers. The organization is dedicated to the creation of new technology: original code development is one of its fundamental characteristics. OW2 champions the tenets of quality and usability of its software in the open source enterprise marketplace. It fosters a common technical architecture to be shared by its members and to facilitate the implementation of its technology by systems integrators and end-users.
The OW2 projects aim at facilitating the development, deployment and management of distributed applications with a focus on open source middleware and related development and management tools. In the open source software value chain, OW2 is positioned as an industry platform facilitating interaction between
open source code Producers and open source code Consumers.
OW2 provides three types of services to its community. First, OW2 operates a technical infrastructure by delivering tools and collaborative services to project teams. The core of the platform is the OW2 forge, an application which gives technical support to projects through a number of tools for the management of code contributions, versions, debugging, licenses, contributors, redistribution, etc. Second, OW2 provides community services by organizing activities and through the decision-making process; OW2 is a catalyst for social and business interaction and relies on five guiding principles: Openness, Fairness, Trust, Transparency and Independence. Third, OW2 provides marketing services by helping build the community identity, brand, and the projects' visibility. OW2 achieves this in essentially three ways: creating collateral, organizing the community's presence at professional events, and driving outbound communication.
here.In the same way that biological ecosystems develop, the ObjectWeb and Orientware communities developed over time. They became ready to support a fully fledged independent open source organization: OW2.The initial thrust of the co-founders who dedicated time, expertise and financial resources to the project quickly gained the support of open source activists from around the world. A continuous cycle of contribution and expanding benefits has resulted in a rich business ecosystem of some 100 projects backed by more than 5,000 enthusiastic supporters. The OW2 business ecosystem did not happen overnight; much still remains to be done to take it to the next level.
The OW2 OpportunityMarket trends call for open source infrastructure software. As corporations and public administrations open up applications to remote employees, partners, suppliers, customers, and citizens, and as distributed platforms interconnect a growing number of organizations, middleware becomes a critical execution environment. Modern computing systems are increasingly complex and middleware has become a strategic infrastructure component of modern societies.The middleware layer stands between the operating system and the business applications. It handles communications between nodes. As distributed computing becomes ubiquitous, this layer becomes pivotal to an ever growing number of applications.The rise of open source software is consistent with these trends, as is the concentration of open source middleware software supply. OW2 is designed to leverage these trends.
The OW2 Business Ecosystem Strategy
The IT industry is without doubt one of the most dynamic and competitive sectors in our economy. It provides an excellent stage for innovative strategies. OW2 is fortunate to be at the junction of two recent innovations in business: open source software and business ecosystems.Here is a paper explaining the . Drawing from our experience in the software industry, the paper starts by positioning the Business Ecosystem concept against the more popular Value Chain concept and by highlighting some of its characteristics. It then describes how OW2 is implementing its business ecosystem strategy and the lessons learnt after nearly two years of operation.