Open source software is now the shortest route to bringing innovation to market. When through word of mouth millions of developers discover and download exciting new code under an open source license and put it to task, you can almost feel the world's technology baseline click up a notch. But does the profound effect of open source stop there?
For several years, GitHub, everyone's favorite cloud versioning and repository service, has argued that it does not. Recently, I moderated a panel at GitHub's offices where managers who worked at several enterprises agreed that the method used to develop open source code -- collaborative, self-organized, and distributed -- provides an attractive new model for developing enterprise software.