COMMUNITY

COMMUNITY

THE FINOS COMMUNITY - GET ENGAGED

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:

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Evaluate

What FINOS offers financial services developers

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Consume

FINOS Open Source projects or open standards

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Participate

In existing programs or events hosted by FINOS

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Contribute

A new FINOS project or working group

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Lead

A FINOS program, project, or working group

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. 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.

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. This is just one of many Membership Benefits.

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.

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 the Open Source journey by joining one of our events or host an event with us.

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.

HOWTOS

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.