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?

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 publicly 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.
Uniform standards for interoperability
Stable and tested technologies based on open standards provide high performance and compatibility with other software solutions and IT systems. In addition, Open Source projects often have a much shorter time-to-market than commercial software solutions.
No recurring costs or license fees
Open Source products typically feature lower license fees or no license fees at all such as Pimcore. 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 out of 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.

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.

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.
View our GitHub project
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.
View our licensing FAQ

All survey results are from Black Duck's 2017 Open-Source 360° Survey.

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