Advantages of Open Source Software
Whenever new software is introduced, one is faced with a fundamental question: Open Source or commercial software? The decision for the appropriate software usually has long-term implications and should therefore be considered carefully. 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 usage, Open Source software is already present in 90% of organizations. We show why making a decision for Open Source software such as Pimcore is a good choice in many cases.
Strategic Reasons for Open Source
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 also 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?
Cost of Open Source
The use of the open source software Pimcore, in contrast to the use of commercial software, incurs no license cost. As with any enterprise product, the one-time set-up of the software solution causes effort in the area of consulting and implementation. Once the solution is in place, commercial software will incur recurring "hard costs" - royalties, service level agreement fees, updates and maintenance. These costs are usually lower if you use open source software. Because you are not tied to a particular provider. Using open source software gives you access to a global, huge market of trained implementation partners and developers.