Porsche is expanding its open source initiative and has published a strategic guide to using free and open source software (FOSS). By using open source software, Porsche says it is able to shorten development cycles, reduce costs, promote innovation and talent and improve software quality.
Almost two years after the launch of the initiative, the company is taking the next strategic step and publishing the FOSS Movement. In this publication, Porsche describes the fundamental values and principles of free and open source software as well as employees’ role in working with it. In addition to the Open Source Office, employees from the vehicle development, corporate IT and legal departments, as well as Porsche Digital, were involved in the development of the FOSS Movement.
Over the past two years, we’ve made remarkable strides and firmly anchored the use of open source within the company. I believe that with open source, we can continue to advance the digital transformation at Porsche. And we are delighted by every talented professional in the field who wants to join us in that. Our teams work closely with a global community of technology leaders. And with the Porsche FOSS Movement, they have now established a common foundation of values, principles and goals across all subsidiaries and national borders on which to build for the future.
—Lutz Meschke, Deputy Chairman of the Executive Board and Board Member for Finance and IT at Porsche AG
One of the values set forth in the FOSS Movement is the consistent use of open source throughout the company.
We strive to shift from commercial software to open source software wherever possible and useful. This gives us greater flexibility, reduces dependencies and allows us to benefit from the open source community.
—Nikita Peters, Director of Porsche Open Source Office
Another element is the active engagement with the worldwide open source communities. The objective is to learn from and with each other and advance the open-source software movement. This facilitates collaboration and knowledge-sharing across company borders.