11 reasons why open source is taking over enterprise
Open-source software is enterprise ready
Open source software is creeping into the most traditional of firms keen to reap the cost and quality benefits – as well as encouraging innovation amongst its tech ranks.
More UK firms are speaking publicly about their experience with open source and open source management vendor, Black Duck software and North Bridge has found that 78 percent of firms use open-source in some instance.
Here are the main reasons...
1. 1. Cost
Open source can help improve efficiency, reducing costs. But it is not entirely free. Distributors and vendors will still charge for software and some versions may need support or development work. Further, the talent needed to work with open-source may be slightly more expensive. Yet 78 percent of corporations surveyed by Black Duck said that they run on open source.
2. 2. Attract talent
Open source projects are a good way to attract innovative employees to a traditionally conservative brand name. Well over half (67 percent) of firms with over 5,000 employees said they were participating in open-source projects and 88 percent expect to do so within three years’ time.
3. 3. Revenue boost
Using open source software to collect business intelligence, for example, could boost revenues by monetising on the information collected or using it to create new services and products. Two-thirds of respondents to the Black Duck survey said that open source had helped grow revenues, and 78 percent said it improved margins.
4. 4. Security
Once seen as a liability, enterprises are increasingly turning to open source due to its security credentials. This is because the transparency of the code allows users to easily review and spot issues. Black Duck’s survey found that fifty five percent of firms that were surveyed believed open source delivered superior security against proprietary tools and expected it to get better in time.
5. 5. Open standards
Standards are dictated by popularity on the market, which in turn is down to good marketing competition, rather than quality. But open source can provide useful tools without vendor lock-in.
Enterprise adoption of open source software has seen some standardisation, and vendors are clubbing together to certify kernels, for example the Open Data Platform’s (SAP, IBM, HortonWorks) push for Hadoop version 2.6.
6. 6. Pioneering
With a larger pool of talent working on iterations and new products, open-source software developers have a platform to springboard off of, rather than beginning from scratch, unlike traditional software vendors.
7. 7. Scalability
The scaling opportunities with open source are a huge draw for firms. This is the main motivation between the majorities of greenfield firms who have built their entire firm on open-source software. Enterprise is now looking at how it can get the same gains by introducing it in parts of the business.
8. 8. Easy customisation
Having easy access to source code makes customisation a simpler task. Further, many tools have become as easy to install as proprietary rivals’.
9. 9. It will only get better
Open source users really believe that the technology will improve in quality, ease of deployment and security. But this relies on mass adoption.
10. 10. Less waste
Firms no longer need to build useful products by scratch separately. Now they can work on open source projects with other firms to create software that will help solve business problems. This will help lure skilled developers looking for a challenge, as well as using time more efficiently in the development team. Working together will breed innovation too.
11. 11. Safety in numbers
Open source users attribute stability, bug fixes and improved UX to businesses’ participation in these projects. Black Duck’s survey found that over half of firms are planning to “reduce barriers to employee participation” in these initiatives – so there will be a lot more to come.