The Business Value of the OSPO

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In our latest report with the TODO group, we tackled the research question: why are Open Source Program Offices (OSPOs) valuable from a business perspective? This qualitative study takes the reader through different value propositions that OSPO champions can use to connect OSPOs to business objectives, as well as the challenges to expect on an OSPO's journey.

The report weaves in perspectives from OSPO leaders around the world and from various industries on what makes an OSPO valuable, how they measure that value, and how they expect their program to evolve with their organization. Whether forming an OSPO for the first time or working with an established program, readers will come away with tools to communicate, measure, and navigate the different value propositions of the OSPO.


  • Emily Omier, Positioning & Messaging Consultant, Emily Omier Consulting
  • Chris Aniszczyk, CTO, Cloud Native Computing Foundation
  • Ana Jiménez Santamaría, OSPO Program Manager, TODO Group

With forewords by:

  • Georg Kunz, Open Source Manager, Ericsson
  • Leslie Hawthorn, Sr. Manager, Red Hat OSPO and Kimberly Craven, Sr. Director, Red Hat OSPO, Office of the CTO

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