Why we are engaged in open source
As an early innovator in the Internet of Things, Bosch quickly realized that an IoT platform is needed to connect the millions of IoT devices with existing operational technology (OT) and enterprise IT systems. After a strategic assessment, we concluded that there were three options: build a proprietary IoT platform, OEM a platform from a third party, or adopt an open source IoT platform.
Seeing the dominance of open source software across many software infrastructure categories, we ultimately decided to pursue an open source software strategy. In following this strategy, we started to engage in the open source community, which allows us to better collaborate with other companies and partners in the IoT ecosystem and enables us to provide more complete IoT solutions to our customers.