When the Open Source Development Lab and the Free Standards Group combined to become the Linux Foundation, then-OSDL CEO Stuart Cohen bowed out to pursue other opportunities. Today, we learn that those opportunities have evolved into a new business -- the Collaborative Software Initiative.
According to company information, the idea is for businesses to form software development communities around common IT problems and work together to address those problems -- at half what it would cost to outsource the work. Collaborative Software Initiative will manage the development projects, either releasing the resulting software under an open source license or offering it as software-as-a-service, and then coordinate support efforts for the products.
In anticipation of today's launch, Cohen spoke to IT Business Edge about the new venture and why it's the natural next step in the evolution of software development. The success and maturity of Linux have helped sell managers on the value of collaboration, he says, and they want to leverage the model for development work that is essential but routine. Add to that the ever-increasing cost and risk of outsourcing, Cohen contends, and there's no time like the present for Collaborative Software Initiative.