Lately, small and medium companies have been paying more attention to open source software. Back in the early year of 2000, server such as Microsoft licensed server is crucial among business entities. But today, it seems safe to say now that open source has prevented that. There are surveys being made globally to identify the usage of Microsoft server versus open source server such as Linux being conducted.
Enough speaking about servers, focusing on something that businesses can learn from open source is not only about Linux and Firefox; but more about the forces that produced them. Ultimately these will affect a lot more than what you think your software can do for you. The measure of what open source can do and its bond to produce something to become one thing.
Open source, blogging for example is something people do themselves, for free, because they enjoy it, love it. Why do they blog? Because they love the correction of simplicity in expressing their freedom of speech. And of course, with some more reasons too. Blogging and open source have in common is the Web. People have always been willing to do great work for free, but before the Web it was harder to reach an audience or collaborate on projects.
When we speak about projects, we do really speak about how the business organize their projects to come out with an outstanding outcomes that is positive to their business. Quick example, in the previous entry i have mentioned about open source project management tools that can help companies to organize and communicate between teams and co-workers. There, an idea on how and why open source do really works for small medium businesses.
Looking back in the picture and example of blogging, it is the same preferences used for the open source software developer to develop their software. And this chain continues with later to the preferences of the end user itself. What was realistic beyond the imagination of someone, is brought by the open source software to their users. Basically, developer is the end user, end user is the developer an open source is their killing tools, to commit their geek’s murder, just kidding.
After several years open source software has been developed, enhanced and fixed, now open source software can be reliable enough to be use as one of the business tools. From developing, managing, communicate and producing, open source software mostly can do anything in any environment nowadays.
Why do I say so? Here’s some of the benefits that you can consider;
Open Source Software are:
- Easy to Customize – Customization is a need for website developer for example, thus open source software gives them their freedom of customization to works within their own boundaries.
- Usage of a Common Coding – Whenever a software is developed, a common coding or language should be use to develop an applications or software. Thus this bring an easy communication and access to the developer to play around and easily to understand the common coding language of open source.
- Complexity of Personal Touch – A sensible personal touch can be added to satisfy the looks and also the usage of the software developed. With open source, such touch can be added to their project.
- Cost Savings – Typically range from 40% to 50% compared to a product developed from scratch, depending on the customization
- Development time and cost reduced by over 40%
- Software comes with rights to modify
- Enhanced portability
- Availability of quick fixes and feature enhancements
- Availability of large pool of source codes from the Internet
Clearly, open source is part of the businesses choice nowadays. Perhaps, it will become a primary tools in managing sales, keeping the records, developing websites and software for small and medium and even perhaps for big organization that in needs of secure cost-effective tools.