To Pay or not to Pay for your Software
Some Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) are known to use open source software due to cost advantages, while many others are hesitant to use it, due to support and security concerns. But this is not an issue of concern only to SMEs, as organisations of all size constantly evaluate open source and proprietary software. Do you think open source software is prone to more cyber-attacks, as compared to proprietary software? The whole IT world debates on this and no battle lines are drawn on it, yet. Without arguing on the merits or demerits of any of the statements of this debate, this article attempts to understand why open source and proprietary software are used, explains some of the not so commonly known benefits of open source and proprietary software.
|Open Source Software|
Perfection is the watchword for open source software. Learn it, do it yourself whether it is functional or security aspect. Constraints in time, resources and complex business processes may make it a compelling case to use proprietary software. A cohesive ‘open source strategy’ is a prerequisite for organisations which are keen to develop tools with open source software. One important tip is to contribute to the open source community through active participation.
Do evaluate the pros and cons in line with your business requirements before deciding on open source or proprietary software.