Amadeus and Open Source software go back many years, though 2011 was particularly important. It was the year The Open Source Initiative was launched, creating a dedicated infrastructure to support Open Source development and community building.Now, Open Source has gone from being a vision and ambition, to a necessity for all IT companies. This is more than evident with the backing of IT giants the likes of Google, Netflix, and Facebook, and can be rooted to the numerous benefits it brings, which include:
- High quality code – Working collaboratively and sharing knowledge means that code produced on Open Source is usually of very high quality, and in turn, very secure – in fact, it has to be vetted by many developers before being accepted and approved.
- Cost – Open Source is not a charity, it’s a business model. However we believe that the total cost of ownership, in most cases, is lower than the one generated by proprietary software.
- Innovation – Some of the most prominent work that Amadeus has done in Open Source is through its partnership with Red Hat on the OpenShift platform, to create and run a private cloud-based application – an innovation designed to meet specific customer demands. Amadeus then selected OpenShift to build the Amadeus Cloud Services solution, another innovation in cloud computing for the travel industry.