Adobe: Did you know?

Did you know that Adobe is an open source driven company and Magento is another product that they have brought that enhances their open source suite? I am hoping to dispell some of the rumors that Adobe will squash Magento Open Source and show Adobe will propel Magento forward at a greater velocity!

Adobe Open Source

The Adobe Open Source Office was just launched at the end of 2016, and the company has made huge strides in improving its open source technologies and culture since then. In the past 3 years, Adobe has encouraged thousands of developers, programmers, and businesses to get involved with their open source ideas. Now, Adobe is the 16th largest corporate open source contributor, and it seems like the company has a bright, community-driven future ahead of them.

Benefits of Open Source Software

According to the Open Source Initiative, there are several key factors that open source software must abide by. Adobe open source software, including the Adobe Experience Cloud, features these benefits and aspects to meet the open source definition:

Free Redistribution. Open source software may be freely used and given away without needing to pay a fee to the licenser.

Source code. The program must include the source code, or allow there to be an easy method of obtaining the code, such as a free download.

Derived works. Open source licenses allow modifications and updates from any individual, and these derived works may then be distributed under the original software license and label.

● The integrity of the author’s source code. The original code may be modified, but derived works might have to use a different name or version number in order to be recognized.

No discrimination. The license may be freely used by anyone within any field of work.

Distribution of license. The software license remains applicable no matter who the code is given to, so third parties don’t need to get an additional license.

License is technology-neutral. The software can’t be limited to one specific type of technology or interface.

History of Adobe Open Source

At the beginning of 2017, Adobe developers started to become interested in getting involved with community open source projects. They began by updating the communication systems for people to submit code, making it much easier for individuals to understand, and then launched the Adobe contributor license agreement (CLA), which allowed submissions from community members and Adobe contributions.

Jen Gray, an ecosystem and open source developer at Adobe, has always been enthusiastic about open source software. She stresses the fact that her company focuses on three main things when it comes to open source:

● Employees can contribute to open source projects while on company time.

● Adobe will sponsor any community open source events.

● Internal company code may be shared, and both community members and employees must be responsible when contributing to open source projects.

Open Source Culture

One of the early issues with the start of open source software at Adobe was the lack of communication and awareness about it. Some Adobe representatives didn’t understand it at first and were reluctant to promote it, and community members struggled to communicate with each other through e-mail. Once Adobe programmers were able to sort out the doubts and concerns about using open source, they were able to help build a thriving culture comprised of numerous developers and individuals who were simply curious about their efforts.

Today, the open source culture continues to grow and expand as information is freely shared and utilized around the world, in 93 different languages. Anyone can get involved or learn more about open source software thanks to numerous platforms and communication methods, including:

● An internal developer newsletter.

● A company-wide Slack channel, #guild-opensource, that welcomes all community members to discuss projects, ask questions, and connect with one another.

● The Adobe tech blog.

● Open Source Summits for gathering open source enthusiastic beneath one roof to gain the latest insights, information, and ideas.

Strength of Adobe + Magento

Magento evangelist Ben Marks strongly believes that “Adobe’s open source tools will be an essential early driver of integrations between Magento offerings and the full suite of Adobe products and services, enabling developers to build powerful, elegant solutions.” Adobe announced Adobe Commerce at the Adobe Summit in Las Vegas. It is a highly efficient, flexible, and scalable option for both B2B and B2C organizations. Adobe’s VP of Ecosystem Development Amit Ahuja praises Magento’s accomplishments, stating that, “Magento’s whole business is open source, and they were significantly in what is essentially crowdsourced engineering. We have done some of that, but they do it at a level of scale that’s truly impressive.”

With such high levels of community involvement, Magento and Adobe can continue to thrive on cutting-edge technologies and work together to provide a multitude of benefits for business leaders. For example, in the Adobe Commerce Cloud, companies can create:

● Unified commerce experiences.

● Omni-channel selling, all managed from one platform.

● Customizable dashboards that measure buyer habits, trends, and statistics.

● A fast, reliable, and scalable online store.

For the latest breakthroughs and ideas within the open source community, check out Adobe I/O on Twitter or visit the Adobe tech blog and of course the Wagento blog!