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OpenChain Q1 Survey – Results and Notes

By 2021-05-16Featured

It is time to explore the results of our Q1 survey! At the bottom of this post you can download the full document. Let’s check out the highlights:

  1. Engagement and satisfaction is rated as very good or (more frequently) excellent across the board. The vast majority of respondents believe that we are “Very Good” or “Excellent” in putting forward what we are doing and sharing our information – either the business value, conformance, reference materials, and our website. Most importantly, people see us as a community that is easy to engage with and easy to get help from.
  2. Our conformance response revealed something interesting. About half of our respondents are primarily interested in something other than a private health of their compliance program or being listed publicly as having an OpenChain conformant program.This is worth digging into more (and we will), but some preliminary notes are:
    1. Feedback indicates that a relatively small percentage are seeking public announcements regarding conformance at this juncture, regardless of internal compliance activities. Their focus is instead on internal (or inter-supply chain) improvements and conformance. 
    2. We additionally have a number of companies engaging with OpenChain ISO 5230 with applications outside of our core scope of conformance for the purpose of license compliance. These include entities engaging for activities related to security, mergers and acquisitions, and other business processes. We knew this from participants on our calls and so on, but it’s interesting how many of our community participants appear to fit into this demographic.
  3. About a third of respondents have used our online conformance web app, and those that have found it excellent in its ease of use, while about a third of respondents are not interested in getting more help conforming with OpenChain ISO 5230:2020 in the future. From other sources we have indications that this is due to two factors:
    1. People are using the specification directly for conformance or using our downloadable questionnaire.
    2. People are getting assistance from third parties such as participants in our partner program.
  4. We asked broader questions in the survey than those related only to OpenChain. For example, we asked about tooling, software bill of materials and interoperability. The interoperability questions were framed around determining what is important to the community in the context of open source license compliance and interoperability around Software Bill of Materials and/or automation.  Respondents overwhelmingly expressed interest in greater interoperability for all tools and automation. This means supporting ingest and export of SPDX. It means greater interoperability between open source tooling as well as between open source and proprietary tooling.

Now we know what people want, it is time to make it happen.

You can expect the project as a whole to lean into supporting to diverse use-cases for OpenChain ISO 5230. You can expect the tooling group to lean into the interoperability question.

And…you are the community. Let’s get started!

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