Sponsored Open-source Development
Our open-source development work is based on innovations from our internal R&D as well as our cooperation with experts from national healthcare IT programs (e.g. NHS Connecting for Health, Canada Health Infoway, USA Veteran's Affairs), academia (particularly in regards to EU Framework programs), standards bodies (e.g. HL7, IHTSDO), and foundations (e.g. Open Health Tools, Eclipse Foundation, HL7 Tooling Collaborative). Our open-source work is funded by stakeholding organizations as self-contained projects or by sponsored extensions to existing work.
All of our open-source work is made available under commercial-friendly licenses with an architecture that facilitates commercial extensions. This allows us to provide closed-source product development and consulting services to help our clients productize our technologies and embed them in their own proprietary applications. We provide additional software engineering services to companies in the healthcare sector.
We offer support contracts on all of our products, including our open-source activity.
Many companies with an IT infrastructure based on object-oriented technology rely on a technology partnership with B2i. These alliance partnerships are long-term business relationships between companies with complementary commercial interests. B2i is committed to making our alliance partners successful by enabling them to deploy world-class IT systems on time and on budget. As our partners succeed, B2i succeeds, growing staff and technology investments in step with our partners. B2i has a history of forming strategic alliances with domain experts: tying our success to that of our partners. This allows our partners to receive industrial-strength solutions developed by a team of international experts without paying the prohibitively expensive upfront costs of the development or the continuous costs of maintaining and staffing a software development department. This allows B2i and our partners to focus on their respective core competencies. An alliance with B2i provides an opportunity for an organization to out-source all or part of its development effort. Unlike consulting arrangements or simple project-based work, which involve short-term commitments, an alliance partnership provides B2i's partners with the ability to influence B2i's products and technical direction. Long-term relationships allow B2i to maintain its competitive advantage by enabling strategic R&D product initiatives.