We’re excited to introduce you to the Entrepreneurial Open Source Podcast!
This show aims to uncover valuable practical insights about building business through open source participation and commercial innovation. By speaking to people who are giving back to open source communities while running successful businesses, we hope to inform, engage, and inspire other entrepreneurs who are on the same journey.
In the coming months, you’ll hear my co-host Gael Blondelle and I speaking with open source entrepreneurs in industrial IoT (IIoT), edge computing, artificial intelligence, developer tools, and more. We are lucky to be able to tap into a global community of tech and business leaders at the Eclipse Foundation and proud to share their stories and experiences of leadership in industrial open source with you.
Disrupting Industrial Automation Through Open Source
Our first guest is Don Pearson, Inductive Automation’s Chief Strategy Officer. Inductive Automation is a leading industrial automation software vendor, and a member of the Eclipse IoT and Sparkplug working groups. Don and I discussed how the company started, and how a lack of transparency from some software companies pushed them to take a new approach with their technology, business, and licensing models.
Inductive Automation has leveraged their commitment to open source, interoperability, and open standards to deliver the Ignition application platform for SCADA and IIoT solutions. In sectors ranging from food and beverage to oil and gas, Inductive Automation’s partners and end customers are able to build on the Ignition platform and trusted standards like MQTT and OPC UA to implement industrial applications and achieve their business objectives.
Don says the flexibility and freedom that open source creates is key to the success of their business.
“There’s no way we could do what we do with our technology without our connection to open source and the model that it puts out there.” — Don Pearson, Inductive Automation