The future of logistics is open source.
Away from silo thinking and media discontinuity, and towards common, cross-industry standards – what open source can do for logistics and supply chain management, and for your company.
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The Open Logistics Foundation promotes the collaborative development and commercial use of open source logistics software and hardware with the help of a unique Innovation Community. The Foundation operates the Open Logistics Repository, an open and neutral platform over which all components are developed and made available for any company interested.
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Joining the Innovation Community, every company has the chance to help create the future of open source in logistics and benefit from the solutions jointly developed. All components accommodated in the Open Logistics Repository are accessible for free for any company – also for being used commercially.
Open source solutions will prevail in logistics in the next five years
Open Source Innovation Day 2023 of the Open Logistics Foundation in Berlin: When will open source solutions become established in logistics – in 5, 10 or 15 years? The vast majority of participants at the Open Source Innovation Day 2023 (#OSID2023) of the Open Logistics Foundation in the co-working space „Spielfeld“ in Berlin voted for „in 5 years“. Not a single person voted for „in 15 years“. The general mood at the first event of this kind was accordingly characterised by the will to promote open source in logistics. A total of about 80 representatives from industry and research took advantage of this opportunity to broaden their perspective and gain new insights on the topic of open source.
Room for innovative ideas
When it comes to generating ideas for new projects, the Open Logistics Foundation uses the concept of open ideation. It goes like this: In workshops, experts from companies that are part of the Innovation Community jointly develop topics regarding open source solutions they want to work on next. And so it happened also in the most recent workshop held in August, which was hosted by Rhenus Logistics. In the following article, two innovation coaches will be elaborating on the concept.
A license for commercialisation
Companies can use the standard components from the Open Logistics repository as a basis for the development and commercialisation of non-open extensions and services. The the Open Logistics Foundation has created the legal framework for this with a so-called permissive licence modelled on the Apache 2.0 licence. CEO Andreas Nettsträter explains the characteristics.
A new mindset for procurement
No use of open source software? That is no longer imaginable in most companies. The Bitkom Open Source Monitor 2021 concludes that 71 percent of all companies in Germany already use OS. The approach is also interesting for logistics and supply chain management. A talk with Prof. Dr. Dr. h. c. Michael Henke, Director of the Fraunhofer IML.
Open-source over classic collaboration: Companies such as Dachser, DB Schenker, duisport and Rhenus want to use the Open Logistics Foundation to advance the interests of all – they do not believe digitalization can be achieved in isolation. Stefan Hohm, CDO at Dachser SE, shares his thoughts.
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Who can benefit from being part of the Open Logistics Foundation? The answer is: Lots of different companies.
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Joining the Open Logistics Foundation means to be part of a lively and inspiring Innovation Community. To participate, you can choose between different types of membership.