You might first think about open source in the context of outstanding tools for lean startup companies, but open source also finds a welcome home in behemoth, established companies, such as Walmart. In this O’Reilly OSCON video interview with Walmart Lab’s Alex Grigoryan, learn how Walmart both benefits from and contributes back to open source. The key takeaway? Open source allows you to reuse software components in labor saving ways.
My curiosity got the best of me and I went looking for other Walmart employees contributing to open source. It didn’t take long to find Dave Cadwallader and the TestArmada open source tools he helped develop. Let’s hope other companies, small and large, find the wisdom to embrace open source methods and values. It’s a sure-fire way of expanding the shared pie. It all starts with conversations. Do your part. Start a conversation someplace.
For the past 10 years, Phil has been working at a public library in the Washington D.C.-area, helping youth and adults use the 28 public Linux stations the library offers seven days a week. He also writes for MAKE magazine, Opensource.com and TechSoup Libraries. Suggest videos by contacting Phil on Twitter or at firstname.lastname@example.org.