It is time to take a hard look and open source software. It wasnt so long ago that proprietary solutions such as UNIX and
Windows ruled the land but now more and more critical systems are being
run by open source software.
One of the main reasons to look at open source software (OSS) is the cost factor.
realize the cost is significantly less and yet the software performs as
well as, if not better than the more costly software, the decision
becomes easier to make. Your TCO will not lie when implementing an open
source software solution. You will save loads of money on software that
will function properly.
factor would be frustration with your current proprietary solution.
Whether you deal with maintenance costs, hard-to-work-with vendors, or
buggy applications, moving to OSS allows you to bypass the vendor and
look at the source codeto troubleshoot and write a fix immediately if
if you cannot figure it out, you could pay for support through an open
source vendor or pop a question up on a local newsgroup.
security concerns with proprietary software coupled with performance
and reliability are also top issues to consider. OSS options such as
Linux are really making gains due to consumers lack of confidence in
IT decision maker, all of these factors should provide you with an easy
decision to investigate OSS further. Even if you are not interested in
this movement at all, keep your proprietary vendors honest by
researching the possibilities. Your knowledge of what viable
alternatives are out there might end up saving you thousands of dollars
from nervous vendors scrambling to keep you out of the movement.
Why leave proprietary software? One of the most helpful business books that I have read in recent years was Who Moved My Cheese?
by Spenser Johnson. One of the central themes of that book is that you
can count on the fact that many things in your life will change.
that’s not what will determine your destiny. It is up to you whether or
not you will grow and adapt to the changes that come. The cheese in the
title of the book can symbolize the option of a move from proprietary
software to OSS.
can choose to be a person who is flexible and prepared to deal with
change and growth, or you can be rigid and waste your energy resisting
changes that are inevitable.
open source movement has moved the “cheese” of the IT industry in
America today. Many members of the IT community in the U.S. are quickly
starting to take notice of OSS. You can see this by the increased
number of certified individuals on the open source platform.
time you researched the possibilities. We are entering a world that is
getting more and more connected by all types of software. It only makes
sense that we are moving away from proprietary software and opening our
arms to OSS where everyone works together to develop the best product
possible and there are no hidden agendas.