Our ambitions for open source software
We believe that a robust open source strategy can support our purpose of Helping Britain Prosper, and that by proactively engaging with developer communities we can encourage inclusivity. “Be open and use open source” is the motto of the UK’s government digital services internal guidance on open source software. It is good practice to publish your code, and to use open source to improve transparency, flexibility and accountability.
We are establishing a constructive relationship between all of our business units that are interested in open source by leveraging it strategically and engaging with internal stakeholders, as well as with the senior management team. We are creating an effective open source strategy which is driven by the bank’s objectives, and which ties together our goals of consuming, contributing and community together.
In addition, we are promoting the practice of publishing some of our internal code as open source. The Mission is actively raising awareness about open source and driving cultural transformation across the Group, by highlighting the benefits that can be achieved through strategically planned open source activities. This is being achieved through numerous measures, from recording video sessions, publishing articles and hosting group activities across the business areas.
We believe that with a collaborative software development process in the bank, by leveraging the software and actively publishing them, we can help the Group to reduce its costs considerably and reduce development time. Furthermore, we‘ll be able to improve the overall quality, including security, by increasing transparency and active peer review.
We are conscious of challenges and risks in this process. But we have the right policy and processes to respond to such concerns, supporting broad participation, discovery and active development of open source software across the organisation.
As we launch the next steps of the Open Source Mission, we’re confident in the delivery of the Mission’s goals and objectives. We’re looking forward to an engaging experience with the Group’s developers to help them achieve their objectives, and ultimately, the Group’s objectives too.
About the authors:
Engineering Lead, Software Engineering Centre of Excellence, Lloyds Banking Group
With an experience of almost 20 years in the technology space, Silviu has joined Lloyds Banking Group in January 2020 and has taken the lead of the Open Source Mission. In his new position Silviu had a crucial contribution at Lloyds in raising awareness and spreading knowledge about open source software risks and opportunities to engineers and non-engineers alike.
Director, Open Source Consulting Practice, Wipro
Gilles, based in Switzerland, provides open source and blockchain strategy consulting and advisory services to Wipro's key customers worldwide. Throughout his career, Gilles has been involved in both security and open source.
Managing Consultant Risk, Compliance, Assurance (RCA), UK/I/CE, Wipro
Reza, with over 15 years of experience in leading technology risk, digital transformation and security executive projects, works with Wipro’s clients to analyse, develop and deliver solutions for complex risk and security challenges in digital transformation projects.