What does the trend toward open source mean for CIOs?

Open source is not a new trend, but it has seen dramatic growth in popularity this year. Last week, Apple announced it would make its Swift programming language open source. The announcement was big news for a company well-known for protecting its software and operating systems. Experts say Apple’s announcement is a sign that the open source movement is truly taking off.In fact, many big tech companies already use open source in one form or another. Google’s Android smartphone operating system is based on Linux. Recently, Google, Facebook and IBM all announced they would make their proprietary machine-learning technology available under an open-source license this year. IBM’s system, known as SystemML, will be freely available to share and modify through the Apache Software Foundation. Why is open source becoming so popular?…


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