COMMUNITY

COMMUNITY

GET ENGAGED WITH THE FINOS COMMUNITY

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:

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Evaluate

FINOS Programs, how they work, and how to get involved

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Consume

FINOS Open Source projects or open standards

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Participate

In working group meetings or through Google Group mailing lists  

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Contribute

Code to an existing project -- or an altogether new working group or project

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Lead

A FINOS program, project, or working group

Interested in becoming a member of the Fintech Open Source Foundation (FINOS)? The Foundation has four levels of membershipPlatinum, Gold, Silver and Individualthat represent different levels of participation based on an organization’s business profile and size.
 
If you'd like to apply for or inquire about membership, please get in touch using the link below or by emailing membership@finos.org.
 
 
BECOME A MEMBER
 

DEVELOP YOUR ORGANIZATION

OVERCOMING OBSTACLES TO OPEN SOURCE

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:

  • Corporate strategy considerations about maintaining competitive advantage and protecting trade secrets ("How can we compete if anyone can see our code?")
  • Legal & regulatory concerns
  • Incompatible internal policies
  • Cultural friction
  • Inhospitable technical environments and resistance from corporate IT departments

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:

  • The Open Source License Compliance Handbook is a guide for complying with a wide range of open source licenses in common use cases. It's an invaluable resource for enabling developers to manage the most common compliance tasks without unnecessary legal and compliance review. Download the Handbook.
  • The Reference FOSS Policy is a comprehensive model corporate policy for consuming, contributing to, and publishing open source software. It's a great starting point for firms adopting their first open source policy or revising an existing one. Download the Word version.
  • Our whitepaper on Business Value of Open Source in Financial Services lays out the business case for open source engagement and is a helpful aid for pitching open source to decision-makers on the business side of finance firms.

LEarN from your Peers

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 ForumStart your Open Source journey by joining one of our events, hosting an event with us, or by getting involved with a program

HOW CAN FINOS HELP YOUR FIRM

Check out our OSS Readiness Brochure for an overview of what FINOS can do to boost your organization's Open Source Maturity.

 

OPEN SOURCE READINESS AND MEMBER SUCCESS

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.

DEVELOP YOURSELF

GETTING DEVELOPERS CONNECTED TO TOOLS AND PRACTICES

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:

  • Firewalls that block access to popular code repositories
  • Traditional project management techniques and tools   
  • Mandated testing tools, frameworks, and practices
  • Compliance and IT audit policies

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. 

THE OPEN DEVELOPER PLATFORM (ODP)

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.

HOW TOS

Practical, concrete, and proven techniques for how developers working with open source.

ODP CASE STUDIES

Read how other organizations have expanded the use of Open Source software and related development practices: 

CODE OF CONDUCT

 FINOS is committed to providing a welcoming, professional, and safe environment for every member of our community. Our Community Code of Conduct sets out clear, common-sense guidelines for respectful participation. If you learn of a violation, please report it to conduct@finos.org.