Why is Pimcore open-source?

Pimcore is 100% open-source software. This means that Pimcore is available for free. More than 80,000 organizations currently using it do not have to pay any license fees at all. The Pimcore Company, which is continuously advancing the software, does not rely on the sale of software licenses. Instead, it offers a wide range of services, such as consulting, implementation and support for this open-source enterprise platform. These services help our users build and own their digital world with Pimcore.

Open architecture for creating better technology

Open-source builds on the success of others. Companies, individuals and the community. This makes it so powerful. All innovation in the recent years in areas such as cloud computing, big data, artificial intelligence have happened in open-source ecosystems. It has become the primary engine of innovation all around the world. This makes it the key building block of all modern enterprise software architectures. We decided in 2009 that Pimcore will be distributed as an open-source software. Organizations use Pimcore to build ambitious digital projects because:

  • It raises their efficiency: Open-source software reduces development cost and increases time-to-market
  • Unmatched interoperability: With open APIs, Pimcore can integrate with any of your future systems as new APIs are released and need to be connected
  • Continuous innovation: Pimcore meets any unique need - or if a new feature does not exist yet, you can easily just build it yourself

So what makes open-source better?

Drives competitive business advantages
The new mantra for enterprises is “Open-Source First”: Open-source is seen less as only a cost savings measure but as a key tool to drive competitive business advantages. Because it enables a better way of building software, and adds a massive value to enterprises.
Total cost of ownership of software
TCO reflects a measure of all the costs of identifying and acquiring software, installing it and operating it, and finally the exit costs found in migrating away from the software. License fees become a substantial cost burden, especially in the long-term. Open-source lets you get rid of recurring license cost. Its TCO is astounding.
It accelerates product innovation
Because open-source software usually contains out of hundreds or even thousands of other open-source products, each fulfilling a vital role in its role, open-source solves critical business problems faster and shares expertise between organizations. Thus it accelerates product innovation.
Soon it will become the standard 
84% of organisations use open-source because of its low cost and because there is no vendor lock-in. Innovation, code quality, security, availability of developers are reasons as well. “Open-Source First” will soon become the default way enterprises think when making decisions about software.
90% of companies are already using it
60% of organizations have increased their usage of open-source in the year 2017. Usage continues to rise at a furious pace. Even if many organizations are not aware of their open-source usage, open-source software is already present in 90% of organizations.
Platforms connect with customers
Open-source has become synonymous with innovation. By helping organizations around the world solve problems faster and create modern platforms that enable them to get closer to their customers. 90% of organizations say it improves efficiency, interoperability and speed of innovation.

How we tackle known concerns

Unknown quality of components
74% of organisations are afraid of the unknown quality of components used in open-source software. Our answer is a fully transparent product road map. All code contributions and new components are reviewed. Nothing goes into the core product without prior review of the core development team. We use only fully tested, enterprise-grade components. 
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Security risks of transparent source code
71% are concerned about security risks. Our answer is an Open-Core-Model. Pimcore is not a community product. All development is planned, executed and monitored centrally. The same staff has been consistently working on the product for more than 8 years. Pimcore is licensed open-source, but built and tested by the Pimcore company.
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Intellectual property concerns
66% of organisations are not sure about their intellectual property rights when using open-source software. The Pimcore Enterprise License provides an answer for such concerns. It is an individual written licensing agreement available for use cases not compatible with Pimcore’s open source license GPLv3. Pimcore is a dual-licensed platform.
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All survey results are from Black Duck's 2017 Open-Source 360° Survey.