Open Source — Leading China's Technological Transformation
此次采访由独立营销顾问Richard Seymore主持，采访主题为“Open Source — Leading China's Technological Transformation（开源-引导中国技术变革）”，这一领域的三位专家参与讨论了开源技术在中国商业应用的最新趋势和影响。
此次采访不仅会在buzzsprout, iTunes, Spotify上发布，同时也会在英国商会网站、时事通讯等渠道发布。
Q1: Tell us about the work of ClickPaaS and how you have seen open source technology commercially applied?
A: First of all, regarding the value behind open source model, If we do not use those technical words and return to the fundamental reason or value of Open Source, we see it very clear that people want something as a base, then on top of that they desire a more controllable, easier to be modified, extended and customized method for their specific needs and done by them-self.
And at the same time what people added or created can be reused, shared through the community. That is the most critical point rather than those lines of codes. What ClickPaaS is doing is the new type of open source, we provide a model-driven, graphic tools to allow business experts to draw their own business models and transfer them into a cloud native application without the burden of demanding coding skill set. We are a provider of low code development platform that helps companies to reduce response times and costs for complex business requirements.
Q2: How are open source technologies being used to combat the Covid-19 pandemic?
A: Let's take our-self as an example, we offer our low-code platform to public sectors like Shanghai Municipal and international companies during the 1st wave CONVID 19. One company which has business coverage all over the world build their pandemic management system within one week and roll out globally for 35 countries in another week.
And all we see, although we are luckily in China as everything is recovering astonishing fast, the pandemic are becoming more and more dangerous and destructive in some other countries, the requirements of the systems are changing along with it and response time for the system is by hours not by days or weeks.
The system helps business leaders to manage workers overseas , the entry and exit records and living situation are updated in the system daily. Also, once some employee get sick, he or she could be sent to the closest temporary hospital immediately which has enough beds and medicine according to the database.
So more and more functions, scenarios are added during the process. It's hard to imagine to achieve that agility, capability in old way by writing codes. That case totally prove the value of our platform in these changing world.
Q3: How is the China open source community and the global open source community connected?
A: Frankly speaking, there are not many original open source projects from China at this moment, but there are numerous users and contributors in China to the whole open source community. Another interesting thing we see as China is rising, China itself becomes a preferred high education destination for 3rd world developing counties, I regularly return to my labs where I did research in Shanghai Jiaotong University and see more and more new faces from different countries. And those students come to China to study mechanics and information, communication technology. Those students will benefit their motherland with the technologies they study and they see. So what we are doing in the open source side will naturally flow into those counties from global point of view.
Q4: Are there aspects unique to China where open source technology is particularly beneficial?
A: As we see, driven by the tech war after the trade war initiated by US, China is for sure to invest more money to the software industry to gain its tech independence, which eventually will benefit the open source community and to the whole world. As I mentioned that because of China has already become a tech giant with open mind in many aspects starting from e-commerce to the enterprise soft-wares. The next wave of Made in China is not the clothes, socks, toys, exporting to the developed countries, but the intangible high-tech exporting or transferring to the developing countries. So during the process, open source technology will be leveraged heavily and grow and evolve faster and faster in China.
Q5: Are there restrictions around open source technology in China?
A: You know what, when I return to China from US in 2015, I found an interesting thing, in technology side, China looks like a more open, free market. There are no restrictions from government side, on the opposite way, both the central government and local government is encouraging, financially supporting people and companies to build more and more valuable technology which actually is using the open source projects. As China is next to the United States economically and technologically, the only way to be free and catch up is to be more open to all the world, embrace all the talents no matter where are they from, embrace tall kinds of technology models in which open source plays a very important role.
Q6: Are open source projects limited by global competition between nations?
A: China is next to the United States at this moment, we see lots of containment from technology side from the USA, the only way to be free with USA technology is to be more open, open to all kinds of technology models. It works for China, works for Europe and the rest of the world.
Q7: What will the future of open source technology in China look like?
A: More and more companies will adopt open source technology or provide open source platforms. I can predict that in the coming days, China will become one of key leader another tech hub in the open source community with huge impact especially in those developing countries, emerging market. And for sure, China will become another major contributors to global open source community.