Posted by Stuart Brocklehurst (Group Communications Director, Amadeus IT Group)
Open systems in computing and informatics refers to a class of systems which are built using Open Source Software (OSS) standards and that offer a good level of portability and independence from the hardware platforms on which they operate.
They also have particular characteristics including1:
No intentional secrets – the standard must not withhold any detail necessary for interoperable implementation.
Availability – the standard must be freely and publicly available under royalty-free terms at reasonable and non-discriminatory cost.
Patents – All patents essential to implementation of the standard must be:
- licensed under royalty-free terms for unrestricted use, or
- covered by a promise of non-assertion when practiced by open source software.
To learn how Amadeus uses open systems – have a look at this infographic and if you haven’t seen it already – check out our report on Open Source Software – Open for business.