RedTree’s view on Open Source and it’s values.

The Open Source definition

According to the Open Source Initiative, Open Source is defined as: Open source is a development method for software that harnesses the power of distributed peer review and transparency of process. The promise of open source is better quality, higher reliability, more flexibility, lower cost, and an end to predatory vendor lock-in.

How we apply Open Source values

RedTree embeds the Source values (quality, flexibility, lower cost, no vendor-lock) in its organisation.

  1. Our consultants take an active engagement in the community around the products that we implement. An example of such an engagement is the startup of the Belgian Liferay User Group.  This was organised for the first time in Belgium by RedTree and visited by +30 interested Liferay users.
  2. We are contributing, as a business, to the organisations behind the products that we support.  The Liferay European Symposium will be co-sponsored by RedTree.
  3. Our clients are encouraged to contribute the custom development back to the community.  Some of the developments (e.g. a resource allocator, an image slider) will be contributed back to Liferay through it’s marketplace. This also applies to our other technologies.
  4. RedTree shares its knowledge through free seminars and workshops.  We organise 4 free seminars per year.  Each seminar is led by a principal consultant and, if possible, by a representative of the tool we are presenting.
  5. Although Scrum is our preferred way of working, we can adapt ourselves to the customer’s methods.  Enterprise Content Management, and especially Web Content Management, demands an iterative way of working.  We are collaborating with seasoned scrum masters and program managers, in order to deliver quality.
  6. We train our customers teams and empower them to work as autonomous as possible.  We love our clients, but don’t want to stick around too long.  
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