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Tuesday, December 5 • 15:40 - 16:20
Quantitative Method for Open Source Contribution Value and Its Impact on Sony's Business Strategy - Kazumi SATO & Masayuki KUWATA, Sony Group Corporation

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This study proposes a shift from qualitative to quantitative approach in Sony's Open Source Program Office (OSPO) to encourage engineers' contribution to open source projects. Sony operates in diverse technology areas, resulting in varying views on open source across different businesses due to industry, culture, and software development styles. Some business units have limited understanding of contribution value. To address this, we analyzed GitHub data to quantify contribution value. We visualized the contributors and business value of the projects contributed by Sony’s developers. Additionally, we examined notable companies and technology fields outside Sony, identifying cases where open source contributions brought business value. We presented quantitative findings to executives, leading to increased interest in open source and starting integration of open source activities into business plans. This quantitative approach aims to provide concrete evidence of open source value, persuade engineers and managers, and drive change within Sony. In conclusion, the proposed quantitative approach has generated positive outcomes, fostering interest in open source and its strategic inclusion in business plans. This study contributes to a better understanding of open source contribution value and its impact on the business plan.

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Kazumi SATO

Senior Principal Engineer, Distinguished Engineer, Sony Group Corporation
Kazumi SATO is a Distinguished Engineer in Sony. He has been working on Linux-based system software for various Sony products. He also has been working on OSS compliance and relationship with communities in Sony Group. Since 2002, when Sony started to use Linux, he has been leading... Read More →
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Masayuki KUWATA

Senior Manager, Sony Group Corporation
He is the OSPO leader of Sony Group Corporation. Since 2022 April, he has started his career in OSPO. Before that, he worked on development of embedded software for camcorders and cameras. He works on leading the open source strategy with business unit. He is an organizer of Japan... Read More →

Tuesday December 5, 2023 15:40 - 16:20 JST
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