For those newer to Open Source, a good way to get involved is to find an interesting program, attend one of its working group meetings, and read through its Google Group mailing list archives. More experienced Open Source developers may be ready to immediately participate actively in a working group, or to even start contributing code to a project. There are multiple ways to engage with the FINOS 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. The Program is focused on practical resources and has produced several valuable practical resources for firms developing their open source strategy and process:
FINOS produces and sponsors leadership and community events throughout the year, including our monthly Open Source in Fintech Event Series and our annual flagship event, the Open Strategy Strategy Forum. Start your Open Source journey by joining one of our events, hosting an event with us, or by getting involved with a program.
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 -- 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: