For those new to Open Source, a good place to start your journey is by evaluating some of the programs produced by our community. However, more experienced Open Source developers may be ready to immediately participate in a working group or contribute ideas or code to a program.
There are several ways to engage within our community:
Financial services firms face a variety of barriers, both real and perceived, that impede adoption of Open Source software and related software development practices. These obstacles include:
FINOS helps firms overcome these challenges through its Open Source Readiness (OSR) Program, and you can read our white paper on the Business Value of Open Source in Financial Services to learn more. If you'd like to get engaged, please reach out to FINOS General Counsel and Open Source Readiness PMC Lead Aaron Williamson or subscribe to the OSR Program General List.
A goal of the Foundation is to collect, curate, and share leading practices and practical tools that have helped financial services firms (and leading companies from other industries) adopt Open Source software practices. Through the Open Source Readiness program we provide a staged approach to deeper open source engagement, producing documentation, training, and tools for firms at every stage of open source readiness.
Our Open Source Readiness Program is also closely aligned with our Member Success initiative focused on helping our members achieve strategic, efficient and compliant open source software engagement. Through our Member Success initiative we offer our bespoke support and guidance on both open source readiness and broader engagement with our FINOS Programs and the community. This is just one of many Membership Benefits.
Just as organizations working in financial services may face unique obstacles when first using Open Source, developers building in (or for) the financial services industry often encounter challenges that their peers in other sectors may not face, or at least not to the same degree. These may include:
Helping financial services developers get trained and productive with Open Source, and improving the overall financial services developer experience for both new and experienced professionals, is central to our mission.
To help financial services developers working with open source, FINOS created the Open Developer Platform (ODP). The Open Developer Platform (ODP) is a collaborative initiative that delivers a secure and compliant sandbox for software development in the financial services world.
Read how other organizations have expanded the use of Open Source software and related development practices: