Why Open Source

Open source or commercial software? Enterprises are faced with this fundamental question when it comes to choosing mission-critical applications for their business. The decision for a suitable software has long-term implications and should, therefore, be considered carefully. 60% of organizations have increased their usage of open source in the last year, and the usage continues to rise at a furious pace. Even if many organizations are not aware, open source software is already present in 90% of organizations in support of their IT infrastructure. We show why making a decision for open source software such as Pimcore is the right choice in many cases.

What You Must Know About Open Source Software

  • Key Capabilities
    Open source software offers IT organizations distinct benefits over homegrown or third-party commercial alternatives such as cost savings, flexibility, and latest technology innovation
  • Maturity Level
    In the last couple of decades, the growing maturity of open source software has won the trust of almost every industry vertical in terms of its reliability, scalability, and security
  • Mass Adoption
    From students, developers, startups, governments to big global corporations, open source is becoming a preferred choice for future-proof enterprise IT architecture

  • Growth Curve
    According to Gartner, through 2022, the percentage of open source within IT portfolios relative to either homegrown or licensed third-party solutions will grow by 30% compound annual growth rate (CAGR)

  • Innovation
    All innovations 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

Open Source Penetration Rate

Gartner says that over 95% of the IT enterprises across the globe uses open source software for their mission-critical IT workloads, whether they are aware of it or not. Comparing the buy vs. build option, many enterprises resort to open source solutions as an alternative. From IT infrastructure modernization, application development to DevOps, open source technology is also embedded deeply within commercial third-party technologies (both software and hardware).

Decreasing Popularity of Proprietary Software

Believe it or not, proprietary software is no more #1 choice for enterprises. The rate at which enterprises are shunning proprietary software is quite significant. One of the primary reasons is the slow innovation pace that takes place in the enterprise proprietary software space. Enterprises want to walk the extra mile with the speed of innovation to ensure they are not left behind.

The Future is Open Source

Today, more and more corporations look to community open source or enterprise open source. Community-based open source that generally provides basic, core features at no license fee.  Enterprise open source comes with additional high-performing enterprise features under some license cost. Enterprise open source is expected to rise from 36% to 44% over the next two years. According to a survey conducted by RedHat, 86% respondents reveals that enterprise open source is used by the most innovative companies.

 

The survey data speaks to the overarching story of enterprise open source and open source software more broadly. It is not about being cheaper than proprietary software, or “good enough” from a technology perspective. It’s about organizations and individuals coming together to collectively invent the future. Community-based open source is not increasing as rapidly as enterprise open source as per RedHat data, but it is on an upward trajectory—and proprietary software clearly isn’t. 

Open Source is the New Innovation Engine

From WordPress, Magento, Apache Hadoop to Blockchain, what is the common thread amongst all of them? It is Open Source. The dominant software model for innovation in the new digital economy where ideas take shape with collaborative efforts— companies, individuals, and the community. This makes it such a powerful key building block of all modern enterprise software architectures. The innovation benefits conferred by Open Source have a direct impact on the business value, particularly for early market adopters.

Driving Forces for Enterprises to Go Open Source

Flexibility and adaptability
Commercial software are proprietary developments; the source code is only accessible to the vendor. Expensive consultant teams are necessary for integration and extensions. With open source software, the source code of the software is fully accessible. This allows a high degree of flexibility for individual adaptations.
Independence from vendor
The use of commercial software binds companies to the manufacturer in the long term. Vendor lock-in makes changing to alternative offers more difficult due to high exchange costs. With open source, all integration, adaptation, and further development can be carried out by internal teams or freely selected IT service providers.
Software quality and security
Enterprise open source software provides solutions that offer a variety of benefits: high-quality source code, stability, performance, and a high level of security. Global communities ensure ongoing development and promote a high level of innovation. Security gaps are quickly discovered and closed under the scrutiny of many eyes.
Uniform standards for interoperability
Stable and tested technologies based on open standards provide high performance and compatibility with other software solutions and IT systems. With open APIs, it can integrate with any of your future systems as new APIs can be quickly released, connected, and exchanged seamlessly.
Best total cost of ownership
Open source products typically feature lower license fees or no license fees. You can do the development in-house or by freely selected IT service providers. Therefore, open source often provides the lowest TCO (total cost of ownership).
Continuous technology innovation
Because open source software usually contains hundreds or even thousands of other open source products, each fulfilling a vital role, it solves critical business problems faster. 90% of organizations say it improves their speed of innovation.

The Cost of Open Source

The use of the open source software Pimcore, in contrast to the use of commercial software, incurs no license cost for its community version. As with any enterprise product, the one-time set-up of the solution requires effort in the areas of consulting and implementation. Once the solution is in place, commercial software will incur recurring "hard costs" - royalties, updates, and maintenance fees. These costs are usually lower if you use open source software because of lower or no license cost.

The Rise Of Open Source Software

CNBC recently released a great short documentary about the open source movement. Open-source software powers nearly all the world’s major companies. This software is freely available, and is developed collaboratively, maintained by a broad network that includes everyone from unpaid volunteers to employees at competing tech companies. Here’s how giving away software for free has proven to be a viable business model.

Red Hat: What is enterprise open source?

Enterprise Open Source Advantages

Economic benefits, endless innovations, newfound freedom, and hundreds of more advantages! Plus, the flexibility of a framework that can be fully controlled and modified to your exact needs. While the source code itself is freely available, the enterprise can benefit from a vendor’s 24/7 worldwide support, training and customization capabilities that cannot be easily replicated in-house. It is easier to find competitive external support, although the depth of application integration and support may vary widely.

Pimcore Open Source Capability

How Pimcore Fits Into Your Enterprise

Pimcore is a consolidated software platform to manage enterprise data and customer experience in a single place. Pimcore PlatformTM is built on a standardized, robust, modular, open and service-oriented architecture – 100% API driven. It provides a single solution for PIM, MDM, DAM, CDP, DXP/CMS, and digital commerce.

Enterprises, system integrators, and digital agencies worldwide have leveraged it in driving business transformation and boosting growth.

How we tackle known concerns

Unknown quality of components
74% of organizations 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 code
71% are concerned about security risks. Our answer is 'Open Core' and 'Enterprise Open Source'. Pimcore Platform is not just a community product. All development is planned, executed, and monitored centrally. The same steering committee has been consistently working on the product since 2013. Pimcore Platform is licensed open source, but it is built and tested by the Pimcore company.
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Intellectual property license concerns
66% of enterprises are not sure about their intellectual property rights when using open source software. The 'Pimcore Commercial License' provides an answer for all such concerns. It is an individual written licensing agreement available for use cases not compatible with Pimcore’s open source license GPLv3. Pimcore Platform is a dual-licensed platform.
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All survey results are from Black Duck's 2017 Open-Source 360° Survey.

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