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Open Source Collaboration is the Only Way to Scale with Jason Shepherd, VP of Ecosystem at ZEDEDA

In this interview, Jason discusses the significance of open source collaboration and interconnected ecosystems in scaling IoT and edge adoption.
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Jason Shepherd is VP of Ecosystem at edge virtualization company ZEDEDA. Prior to joining ZEDEDA, Jason was CTO for the Dell Technologies Edge and IoT Solutions Division. His proven track record as a thought leader in the market is evidenced through his leadership building up the award-winning Dell IoT Solutions Partner Program and establishing the vendor-neutral, open source EdgeX Foundry project to facilitate greater interoperability at the IoT edge. In addition to serving on the board of the Linux Foundation’s Edge umbrella project, Jason is active in the Industrial Internet Consortium (IIC) and other key industry efforts focused on IoT and edge computing. He was recognized as one of the Top 100 Industrial IoT influencers of 2018. He holds 14 granted and 20 pending US patents.

Today’s episode features an interview between Matt Trifiro and Jason Shepherd, VP of Ecosystem at ZEDEDA, an edge virtualization company offering solutions for IoT Edge orchestration.

Jason left his role as CTO of IoT and Edge Computing at Dell Technologies last year to join ZEDEDA, with the stated goal of bringing IoT out of its “AOL stage.”

In this interview, Jason discusses the significance of open source collaboration and interconnected ecosystems in scaling IoT and edge adoption.

Key Quotes

“Open source is the new way to drive standards and standards drive scale. If you don’t have some sort of open source model going forward, it’s going to be difficult, because ultimately it’s about scaling interconnected ecosystems, and that does not work without open.”

“It’s about ecosystems. What you want is an ecosystem of lots of participants that all have a shared interest in building a platform upon which they can differentiate. So build one or join one, but either way be a part of one or you’re going to struggle going forward.”

“Open source in general has just become the modern way to drive standards. Collaboration and open source– that shared technology investment– it minimizes undifferentiated heavy lifting. Stop doing that and start focusing on value. And it helps you create a snowball effect for standardization. What open source is creating is de facto standards. If you get enough people using something, it becomes a de facto standard. It’s just a new way of driving that network effect for standardization

“The next domino that you have to solve is trust. You’ve got to figure out a way to scale trust over heterogeneous networks or none of this stuff will ever work. It’s about building trust at scale, and using technology to help you.” “Open source is the new way to drive standards and standards drive scale. Do you think Google didn’t make money off Android and all the ad revenue that that ecosystem drove?”

“You’ll never scale to the grail if you don’t take an open path. Even if right now it’s about solving  simple problems and creating some value, you’ll never get to the ultimate goal of entirely new business transformation across many markets if you don’t have an open base.”

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Over the Edge is brought to you by the generous sponsorship of Catchpoint, NetFoundry, Ori Industries, Packet, Seagate, Vapor IO, and Zenlayer.

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