OW2 is the only non-profit open source organization gathering renowned industry leaders, academics and individuals, focusing entirely on promoting open source middleware, generic business applications and cloud computing software.
As a market-aware organization, OW2 coordinates technology projects and facilitates their implementation by systems integrators and end-users through usage-oriented integration frameworks and platforms provided by market-driven initiatives.
A typical global open source organization, OW2 aims at fostering grassroots communities across all continents through geographically-rooted organizations.
OW2 brings a number of unique benefits to software vendors, systems integrators and end-users.
For companies in the IT sector, whether their strategy is full open source or not, OW2 is a catalyst for growth:
OW2 provides end-users with both a comprehensive pool of reliable open source software and a business ecosystem which helps them implement their open source strategies by significantly reducing their risks:
The open source community contributes direct resources (annual membership fees) and indirect resources such as full-time personnel and travel expenses to support the organization's objectives. Through their dues, members pay to set-up and maintain an independent organization and to provide it with the resources to allow it to implement its own strategy.
In return for their commitment, members are given rights in the governance of the organization and the definition of its strategy. The OW2 governance model is designed to comply with the key original founding principles of ObjectWeb: Openness, Fairness, Trust, Transparency, and Independence.
Growth in collected fees through an increase in membership allows the organization to implement its strategy, to sponsor technology research projects and to launch ecosystem growth initiatives.
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