Su forcazione e competizione (Accoto 2021)

“Nella presente e prossima economia del codice, la forcazione (fork) si configura come una potente meccanica strategica nella competizione di business planetaria tra stack tecnologici. Storicamente vettore trasformativo e generativo nello sviluppo del software, un evento di forcazione (un forking event) -nella forma di un atto e/o processo di cloning, branching e hacking di porzioni di codice- non rappresenta, dunque, soltanto una tecnicalità ingegneristico-informatica. Piuttosto, va osservato e valorizzato sempre più nella sua portata strategica e costituzionale per l’innovazione di business e la competizione dentro i mercati e tra le industrie. Così come accade in specifico, ad es., per le dinamiche competitive di platform forking. In questo caso, più astrattamente, una source code fork diviene -diremmo- un vero e proprio business experiment che interessa l’intera architettura e infrastruttura tecnologica dello stack, le risorse della liminalità d’impresa per la cocreazione di valore (boundary resources come api, sdk…), l’ecosistema supermodulare dei business partner alleati e complementari” (Accoto 2021)

“In the present and proximal code economy, forking is emerging as a powerful strategical mechanism in the planetary business competition between tech stacks. Being historically a transformative and generative vector in software development, a forking event -in the form of an act and/or a process of cloning, branching, and hacking pieces of code- does not, therefore, merely represent an engineering and computational technicality. Rather, it should be observed and valued more and more in its strategic and constitutional scope for business innovation and competition within markets and across industries. As it happens specifically, e.g., for the competitive dynamics of ‘platform forking’. In this case, more abstractly, a source code fork becomes -we would say- a real ‘business experiment’ that involves the entire architecture and the technological infrastructure of the stacks, the resources of enterprises liminality for the co-creation of value (boundary resources such as api, sdk…), the super-modular ecosystems of allied and complementors business partners” (Accoto 2021)

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Cosimo Accoto

Connection Science Fellow at MIT | Author "Il Mondo Dato" (Egea) | Philosopher in Residence | Business Innovation Advisor | www.cosimoaccoto.com