It is developed in a collaborative and publicly-shared platform and focuses on user generated content. Today open-source software constitutes a large market and enterprises of various sizes have adopted open-source technology in building their entire suite of applications.
Open-source was the outcome of free software movement launched in 1983. Till that time software were only licensed and monopolized by few big brand names. Availability of free code made it possible for developers to experiment, customize and improve available coding to design advanced level, complex software applications.
The benefits offered by open-source are multifaceted and therefore are preferred by developer's community worldwide. In this post we have discussed the many benefits of open-source technology and how it has scored over proprietary software.
By definition, open-source codes are available for free. There is no licensing requirement. The developer allows users free access to source code to let them use, modify and distribute codes. However, as the number of enterprises, irrespective of size, is increasing it is quite clear that cost isn't the only factor that promotes popularity of open-source.
Security is one aspect that prompts organizations to opt for open-source. Open-source is sourced and used by thousands of developers and therefore is constantly monitored. Reported errors and security breaches get promptly solved by developer's community. For proprietary software one needs to depend on availability and promptness of the vendor to resolve such issues.
Open-source promises freedom to customize an application to suit enterprise requirements. In open-source the developer allows users the right to modify codes as per their requirements. Users can use a piece of code and tweak it as per their requirements.
The result of the aforementioned points is a high-quality, reliable product. Freedom to modify codes allows one the advantage of designing highly customized, complex application - befitting to meet intrinsic requirements of a business. Inputs from hundreds of developers constantly enrich the codes which results in better product quality.
When it comes to collaborate with the remaining ecosystem of enterprise applications, open-source codes perform better than licensed products. Further, unlike licensed applications such as - Windows and Microsoft Office, which require constant upgrade as new and advanced features are introduced, open-source applications can be run using old infrastructure as well. These are less resource intensive than traditional, proprietary applications.
With open-source code one can actually ensure that compliances are met at every level. Open-source software helps with software audit and makes your IT policies more transparent.
Lastly, open-source minimizes your dependency of software vendor. A large support team is always at work behind the scene with open-source software. There are online communities with thousands of talented developers from all spheres of software development who are constantly monitoring performance of the application and therefore, error are reported promptly and resolved quickly.