Amazon Web Services has hired a new open source expert, according to a Fortune report.
Zaheda Bhorat will lead AWS’ open source efforts. Bhorat previously worked for Salesforce, Google and the U.K. Government Digital Service.
AWS may be looking to improve its reputation in open source, a space where it’s not known to be particularly contributive.
Last month, AWS also hired Adrian Cockcroft, who previously shepherded open source efforts at Netflix. At Amazon’s conference last week, Cockcroft said AWS planned to increase its efforts in open source, with Bhorat leading the charge.
Started at AWS as Head of Open Source Strategy. Excited to be working with @adrianco— zahedab (@zahedab) December 1, 2016
Enterprises are turning to open source and third party software components to decrease the amount of code they have to write, which helps accelerate deployment cycles. In return, many service providers are looking to prove they are also interested in open source and not solely in proprietary models.
In particular, Microsoft has made the biggest splash over its adoption and acceptance of open source models. Not only is it the leading open source contributor on GitHub, it has also recently joined The Linux Foundation with the highest level of membership.