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A change in the open source software market

Collaborative partnerships are cited as a key open source business driver. The community-driven development model has opened the door to effective collaborative partnerships within vertical, industry-driven communities. Andrew Aitken, GM and Founder of Olliance Consulting, calls these “super communities.”

In a super community, competitors are working together to reduce overhead, develop shared industry support models, define standards, and invest resources in shared innovative solutions. Culturally, the trend toward super community brings less reliance on pay-to-play standards bodies, more shared open standards and interoperability, and an increased rate of shared innovation within industries.