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Amazon Developers Contribute Highest To Open Source: Report

Organizations are realizing that a company is only as good as its people and not the technologies they are building or built in the past

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"Given enough eyeballs, all bugs are shallow" means that the more people who can see and test a set of code, the more likely any flaws will be caught and fixed quickly - the very premise on which the concept of open source is based.

However, quality check is the least of the reasons for going open source. Today, an organization that propagates a culture of open source is not just seen as progressive and innovative, it also wins itself exclusive bragging rights and is seen as an aspirational workplace for developers.

Organizations are realizing that a company is only as good as its people and not the technologies they are building or built in the past.

Today, open source contribution has become one of the decisive factors for developers while choosing what organizations they want to work with and what problems they want to solve. In the war for talent, it's the organizations which foster a culture of open source that are winning.

Belong, a talent acquisition startup analysed developers on Github – one of the largest communities where developers host and review code, manage projects, and build software along with others. The research identified the top 5,000 contributors and then the top 200 contributors and found out what kind of companies they work for and what kind of universities they graduated from.

Companies are segmented based on industries - ITES, Computer Software, Internet and BFSI. According to the analysis, the ITES sector contributed the most number of developers, 41 percent to be exact. However, when it came to actual open source contributions, the percentage fell to 22 percent among the top 200 contributors.

Looking at the developers in India, Amazon had the highest number of registered users on Github, followed by Cognizant, TCS and Microsoft. Among the top eight companies with most number of users, there were only 3 product companies.

On further analysis amongst the top 5000 open source contributors, Belong found that most of the developers came from Amazon (144), followed by Microsoft at 94 and Thoughtworks at 85.


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