Nine Advantages of Open Source Software

 
 
By Dennis McCafferty  |  Posted 04-04-2016 Email
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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    Nine Advantages of Open Source Software

    Open-source software has come a long way over the years, and there are many reasons to incorporate the technology into the enterprise.
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    The Price Is Right
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    The Price Is Right

    Open source sticks to a very non-commercial vibe, so most projects don't ask for fees.
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    All About Quality
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    All About Quality

    Open source is all about improving tech in real-time, with the industry's finest talent lending support.
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    Control
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    Control

    In the commercial world, vendors have control over code and costs. In open source, code is modified to suit your needs and within your budget.
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    Continuity
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    Continuity

    When a commercial software company goes out of business or stops servicing a software product, you're out of luck. If any open source leader "leaves" a project or community, others take over.
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    Smart Move
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    Smart Move

    Through both open source communities and internal collaboration, your tech team will get a better sense of the overall IT practices, resources and tools out there to best-serve your organization.
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    Many Overseers of Code
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    Many Overseers of Code

    True, there are concerns about open source and security. But with varied talent looking at the code in communities, there are more professionals overseeing the code's integrity.
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    Bugs Out
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    Bugs Out

    With an abundance of open source community members, bugs are found and fixed early.
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    No Sales Pressures
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    No Sales Pressures

    Contrary to commercial software channels, you won't get pressured to invest in upgrades that often have limited value.
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    Be a Hero

    When IT professionals take lead roles in supporting the open-source community, it casts your team (and company) in a positive light.
 

Even though some IT leaders shy away from open-source technology, its origins are rooted in traditional IT processes. Open-source software has come a long way over the years, and the always-active open-source communities are one of the primary reasons for the tech’s success. As a result, more than half of the software acquired over the next several years will be open source, according to industry research. That said, if you're still undecided about the concept—or need to convince your company's influencers about its merits—consider this list of top nine advantages of open source. They were compiled from various online resources, including the Cynapse Community for open source users, developers, enthusiasts and BusinessBee.com, a business-advice site. For more about the Cynapse report, click here. For more about the BusinessBee report, click here

 
 
 
 
 
Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.

 
 
 
 
 
 

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