Top UK open source companies to watch

Open source software is gaining popularity among thrifty CIOs searching for a flexible and agile escape from vendor lock-in.

The growing value of open source is illustrated by IBM's $34 billion acquisition of Red Hat, whose 2019 survey of almost 1,000 senior IT leaders showed 89% of them believe that enterprise open source is important to their organisation's strategy. In the UK, a third of respondents said they expect to use more open source and less proprietary software in the future.

Here's our pick of UK-based open source companies to watch this year. Let us know if you think there are any we've missed.

Read next: How CIOs are embracing open source software

Seldon

Seldon

Seldonhas created an open source machine learning platform called Seldon Core that's designed to help businesses run and manage machine learning projects at scale.

Data scientists can use the platform to deploy models using any machine learning toolkit or programming language and integrate them into their own apps and services.

Canonical
© Canonical

Canonical

Canonicalis best known as the commercial sponsor of Ubuntu, one of the world's most popular Linux distributions. It was created alongside Ubuntu to help it reach a wider market and it remains the leading provider of support services for Ubuntu deployments in the enterprise.

The company was launched in London in 2004 by Ubuntu founder Mark Shuttleworth and now over 500 staff in more than 30 countries, and offices in four continents.

Tyk

Tyk

Tyk is an open source API gateway that organisations including Cisco, Trip Advisor and USA Today use maintain, manage, monitor, promote and protect their APIs in a user-friendly interface.

It can be installed on-premises, purchased as a cloud service, or as a multi-cloud deployment.

Easy Software

Easy Software

Easy Softwareproduces open source business software with visual outputs that are designed to be easy to use.

The software it offers includes Easy Project and Easy Redmine project management tools and Calculoid, a tool for quickly creating web calculators and pricing pages.

Sirius

Sirius

Siriushelps organisations introduce, run and manage infrastructures based on open source software by providing them with strategic consultancy, deployment and systems integration, training, 24-hour support, managed service provision, and outsourcing

In October 2012, the Weybridge-based company was awarded a place on the UK government G-Cloud programme, allowing it to provide open source products and services through the government's Cloudstore.

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