2022 was a year of mixed feedback, particularly for the software industry. Despite many macroeconomic warnings, cloud services continued to grow and the open source model was adopted.
Coming in 2023 to the open source world
2023 looks positive for the expansion of open source software. Here are some trends that will affect our industry in the coming year.
The Java renaissance continues to gain momentum
The use of Java for the enterprise and beyond continues to see renewed interest from all quarters. Microprofile and Jakarta EE have reinvigorated the business space. Work done in 2022 with the releases of Jakarta EE 10 and MicroProfile 6.0 paves the way for multi-vendor open source Java solutions on a cloud-native microservices-based infrastructure. Companies used to scrambling for talent look to the availability of Java developers and take advantage of this large talent pool to continue their digital transformation to a cloud-native infrastructure. As companies around the world begin to employ strategies to mask the complexity of Kubernetes-based environments, open source enterprise Java is a natural short-term solution.
In terms of enterprise Java runtimes, Eclipse Adoptium continues to see millions of downloads as the high-quality open source runtime for enterprise developers. Additionally, Adoptium’s Temurin runtime has seen significant vendor adoption, with Google, Microsoft, and Red Hat announcing support for Temurin in cloud deployments. Also, thanks to their work with Aquavit, the industry has, for the first time, a quality certification program for Java. Not only does it give developers confidence that their runtime will work, but it’s also tested for scale, security, and performance beyond relevance to the Java language.
The Eclipse Foundation has been at the heart of many of these developments, and there is much more to come in 2023.
Companies realize that contributing to the health of OSS communities is no longer a luxury but essential to their business
Now that the world depends on open source software for almost every important function in the cloud and the Internet in general, companies that take advantage of these technologies will find that participating in the open source community is in their best interest. In most cases, large companies use OSS in a critical way for their core competition.
As a result, companies will evaluate ways to contribute to the OSS projects and communities most important to them and their markets. While many companies are accustomed to controlling every aspect of their product creation, it will become clear that collaboration is essential to accelerating innovation and product development. What’s more, these same companies will find that the base model is the best one that now addresses the constraints around security, sustainability, vendor neutrality, and longevity of OSS projects.
2023 is the year the auto industry makes the software-defined vehicle a reality
Based solely on the timing of the Eclipse Foundation’s Software-Defined Vehicles Task Force, which saw dozens of new members join in 2022, it’s easy to see why we’re making this prediction. Automotive companies, already familiar with leveraging pre-built components to save money and speed innovation, are recognizing that they cannot individually arrive at a pure model and will need to collaborate to create open source technologies and open standards that will benefit everyone. industry as a whole.
By open source, we mean an open technology platform that will include open source modular software components and frameworks that are fully integrated into a modern developer experience with a high degree of automation and virtualization. Our code-first approach will consider high-performance computers as well as ECUs and cover in-car and cloud use cases as well as the underlying toolchains required for SDV development. These solutions are not intended to “reinvent the wheel” but are based on open standards wherever possible.
This disruptive approach is poised to transform the way vehicles are built, maintained and sold around the world. 2023 is the year in which the world recognizes its benefits.
So far my track record for these things is around 60/40, and most of my predictions have come true. I’m very excited about the potential of the SDV WG here at the Eclipse Foundation, but all of these trends will have an impact. We will have to make another account at this same time next year.
Mike Milinkovich is a recognized industry leader and champion of the open source community. He has been involved in the software industry for over thirty years, doing everything from software engineering to product management to intellectual property licensing. He has been the executive director of the Eclipse Foundation since 2004. In that role, he is responsible for supporting both the Eclipse open source community and its commercial ecosystem. Prior to joining Eclipse, Mike was vice president of Oracle’s development group. Other stops along the way include several startups, IBM, and Nortel Research.
As an industry leader, Mike has served on the boards of the Open Source Initiative (OSI) and the OpenJDK community, as well as the Executive Committee of the Java Community Process (JCP).
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