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Is the future of open source development in danger? [5 Reading Tips]

Posted on 18. June 2018 by .

Developers are worth as much gold because nowadays almost every company is developing something digitally. The influence of software developers is growing in this increasingly digitised world, in particular, thanks to the success of open source communities that jointly develop innovative solutions and software code. Decisions made there determine value creation and growth in all industries.

This developer community is guided by three principles: Decentralization, collaboration, and transparency. It’s noteworthy that Microsoft, which previously rejected open source software, has now taken over GitHub for $7.5 billion.
The software development platform GitHub is the world’s largest code hosting service with 28 million registered developers. In 85 million repositories, developers, and companies (such as Apple, Amazon, Google, and Microsoft) host codes, documentation, and even entire projects.

Worry about the loss of neutrality

GitHub has the largest developer base in the world thanks to its huge code repositories in various operating systems and languages, its flexible platform, and its decentralised structure. But the question that’s been floating around the developer community is what will happen if a big company like Microsoft buys the platform? Will the open-source platform lose its neutrality? Do companies and developers want their code to be hosted on a website that is now in the hands of major competitors?

Microsoft has claimed that the deal will not change the essence of GitHub. “GitHub will retain its developer-first ethos and will operate independently to provide an open platform for all developers in all industries”.

After the acquisition of GitHub by Microsoft was confirmed, Microsoft’s competitors and various programmers are leaving for the competitor Gitlab, who even benefits on Twitter with a corresponding hashtag #movingtogitlab.

Developers are warning against Microsoft’s market position, claiming that git projects should be decentralised, neutral, and independent. This thread on Twitter addresses the centralised or decentralised debate, as well as its implications, and also provides very interesting food for thought. “It’s 2018 and we still haven’t learned that critical infrastructures should not belong to individual companies.”

What’s behind the acquisition?

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella said that Microsoft’s goal with this acquisition is to further strengthen developers regardless of their preferred platform. Nat Friedman, future GitHub CEO, repeated this statement:

“GitHub was founded as an open platform, a free marketplace where anyone could upload their code and anyone could extend the platform“. “…We want to bring more developers and more capabilities to GitHub because, as a network and a group of people and a community, GitHub is stronger the bigger it is”.

Much of the planned expansion, Friedman said, will focus on integrating additional cloud services into GitHub. Which means that developers can integrate cloud services into GitHub.

But this move was also motivated by other strategies. If Microsoft Azure cloud manages to seamlessly integrate with GitHub – giving developers the power to get a GitHub project up and running in the cloud quickly and easily – two birds would have been killed with one stone. First, more appreciation for Microsoft from the open source communities and, second, more use of Microsoft Azure, which can bridge the gap between Amazon Web Services and Azure.

Keeping open source principles alive

GitHub and other large open source platforms are addressing cloud giants like Microsoft, who want to expand their ecosystems. But they are also of greater importance to the developer community and anyone using the internet. If developers need to rewrite all their code every time they want to start a project, then innovation will also slow down.

In addition, the principles of collaboration and transparency should be maintained. They guarantee the future viability of software innovations. But open source platforms must remain independent. So it remains to be seen what happens with GitLab and GitHub.

Our 5 reading tips of the week

Big Bang im Cloud Computing: Wachstumsrate von AWS, Microsoft & Google legt wieder zu [Witschaft Woche]

Gitlab: Premium-Varianten für Open-Source-Projekte ab sofort gratis [t3n]

Microsoft’s ‘future CEO of GitHub’ speaks out on Atom, keeping GitHub independent and more [ZDnet]

With GitHub acquisition, Microsoft wants to make Azure the default cloud for developers [TechRepublic]

GitHub deal shows how much Microsoft has changed [Financial Times]

Digital Transformation: Hot Air vs. Best Practice

Posted on 14. June 2018 by .

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Digital is better! In fact, in 1995 the band Tocotronic’s debut album made that claim with their album name. Kind of ironic, considering that at the time, cell phones were as big and heavy as bricks. Just a few years later, Boris found his way to the internet. “Am I already in it or what?” He asked naively, pointing the way to the digital future. Then the dotcom era, during which network pioneers were sure that digitisation would go quickly.

But that couldn’t be further from what happened because technical innovations were geared towards an exponential growth of computing power through computer chips. It was only a matter of time before we could only remember the analogue, grey past. Unfortunately, it’s often said that in desperate times, reality doesn’t keep up with our visions. In the broad spectrum of digital transformation, for example, you move between a lot of hot air and not enough visionary best practices.


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Digital Business Compass: Handelskraft 2018 »Moving Towards Digital Excellence« Now available to download

Posted on 13. June 2018 by .
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Handelskraft celebrated its eleventh anniversary and we proudly looked back on a productive 2017 full of experiments and innovations. But more important than the past is the future. Especially in digital business, interactive retail, time passes twice as fast and one can hardly believe that the times in which a webshop was the ultimate solution of the digital transformation, are hardly a decade old. In the meantime, digitisation means the seamless interaction of people and machines in marketing, sales, and services across all channels – online and offline.

In order to meet the demands of networked customers, whether as consumers in B2C or business customers in the B2B sector, entrepreneurs need to think outside the box. What brought enthusiasm a few years ago is now expected by customers, partners, and employees alike. The quality of the digital user experience decides more and more about the entrepreneurial success. Their excellent implementation requires know-how!

The changes are immense and the challenges for retailers and manufacturers are technically, organisationally, and culturally diverse. So we are all the happier and proud to publish our sixth Trend Book in a row, with this edition also being the first also available in English, with Handelskraft 2018 »Moving Towards Digital Excellence« we are happy to provide leaders from business, e-commerce, sales, marketing, IT, and digital decision makers with a free compass for their digital business, that gives them a concrete overview of the most important digital trends, innovations and industry developments, without getting lost in the buzzword jungle.


Omnichannel is driving the digital luxury industry [5 reading tips]

Posted on 11. June 2018 by .
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Digitisation is catching on in more and more industries, not excluding unusual areas such as agriculture, professional football, and exclusive boutiques. Even luxury goods can be marketed on the Internet without losing their essence. What’s more, it’s about being able to and not can do, because the millennials are definitely here.

Also, the continued growth of online pure-player luxury retailers such as Yoox Net-a-Porter, and Farfetch has shown that affluent consumers are quite ready to buy luxury goods online.


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Unpleasant processes: Hunt the sacred cow

Posted on 7. June 2018 by .

Every company has and maintains: Processes, routines, or rituals that are not only ineffective, but that can also paralyse the workflow of entire departments. Especially with the introduction of new systems or processes, these “sacred cows” immediately stand out … but they are only touched in the most extreme emergency. Understandably, sacred cows in companies are there to create a comfort zone through routine and habit.

But how can you break such habits when introducing a new CRM system, for example, without upsetting end users and your own colleagues?


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Artificial Intelligence: Why understanding is a must [5 reading tips]

Posted on 4. June 2018 by .
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Algorithms are determining our everyday lives and are appearing in more and more areas. They are at the heart of any artificial intelligence that businesses are increasingly benefiting from, to offer personalised and satisfying shopping experiences. However, according to a survey for the Bertelsmann Stiftung, more than half of Germans have little knowledge of this mathematical formula or its fields of application and are therefore afraid of it. That is worrying, to say the least.


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This is how it works in Switzerland: DCC Zurich [Recap]

Posted on 31. May 2018 by .
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E-Commerce, Generation Z, and the future of marketplaces were all at the centre of attention at the Connect – Digital Commerce Conference on 23 May in Zurich this year. The conference “for exchanging experiences” is typically Swiss, totally neutral. The goal? Learn from others and not be sold a single idea for success!


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SAP – The twelfth man in the club

Posted on 24. May 2018 by .
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Football and digitisation: For most, this means a controversial video referee from Cologne or goalkeeping technology. But a digital transformation is taking place in many areas, on the turf and next to the field. Since 2014, the world’s most popular sports club and the largest European software manufacturer have formed the perfect team from storefronts into the roof of the net. Together with SAP, FC Bayern Munich is trying to digitise every corner of their club and to take advantage of big data.


Stationary retail finally keeps up with e-commerce [5 reading tips]

Posted on 21. May 2018 by .
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Online retail is continuing to grow in Germany. This increase can be felt in two main directions – on the one hand, the digitisation of stationary retailers and the considerable dominance of Amazon, on the other hand in the proliferation of smartphones in all day-to-day operations.

This tendency covers the main points of the current survey of the retail association of Germany (HDE) “Onlinemonitor 2018”. We’ll summarise which trends are defining German online retail and which aspects retailers and manufacturers should pay particular attention to in order to master the digital transformation.


Progressive web apps – The end of all app stores?

Posted on 17. May 2018 by .

Artificial intelligence, voice control, and the Internet of Things – These are, in general, trends of the past and probably also of the coming years. It seems justifiable, as developments in these areas don’t just bring professional changes – Keyword: Industry 4.0 -, but also private ones. No wonder, then, that smart speakers and strangely human-like robots receive the most attention.
But Google is currently working on a technology that could change the way we access the internet forever. With “Progressive Web Apps” (PWA), expect a revolution in the browser, which is equivalent to jumping from animated pixel websites of the 90s to flat-style WordPress blogs. But what exactly are PWAs and why does Google push this idea forward, an idea that could, ultimately, usher in the end of existing app stores?


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