Today, there are many companies and governments are using open source software.
You can say the main reason is because they are cheap and I totally agree with you but that is not really the reason why open source is a good choice today.
There are still a couple of reasons why open source is good for your business.
Why You Should Go Open Source
1. Ready For Customization
There are no software in the world that is suitable for all people or organizations.
This is simply because everyone has different requirement and due to that, every piece of software needs to be able to customize.
Being open source gives your customer an advantage to customize any how they want where you don’t have to deal with all the specific & tedious requirements.
Not only that, certain customers are not comfortable of letting their vendors know about their workflow or operations procedure.
As a result to that, giving your customer the ability to customize by themselves is a great advantage.
2. Get New Leads
Going open source means you are going to have new audience.
The people that want to try and use your software now expands to the open source community.
By having a new group of audience, this gives your company new leads which leads to new customers.
I’m not here to talk about sales stuff but I would like to let you know that going open source will just probably give your company a new & better direction.
3. Better Security
As your source code is being reviewed by a handful of developers, your software will just get more and more robust over the time.
Imagine that you have only 5-10 engineers to develop and test your software where it is very difficult for such a small team to cover all the vulnerabilities, security threats and test cases.
Having other developers to test and review your software does not mean that they will fix whatever problem for you.
They might just send a list of problems to your team but that is good enough.
If you are an experienced software engineer, you should know that knowing the problems of your software is one kind of a big deal.
4. Better Quality As Well
Apart from having a more secure software, you also have a better quality.
Why am I saying so?
First of all, if you are developing a software from scratch, the requirements for your software are from your internal team members and board of directors.
You might have additional requirements from 1 or 2 of your customers but that is all you have.
Having your software reviewed by the open source community, you will begin to get real feedback from people who really want how your software to be.
This means that you no longer build software just to earn money. Instead, you are building a software for a group of people who need it.
If you understand the theory of supply and demand, you will understand that by knowing the demand, you can build software that solves real problem and that is what software great software is all about.
5. More support options
When you start putting your software to the open source side, you basically redirect most of your support to the community forum support.
You can choose not to reply immediately since these support forums are free.
What about those who wants prompt support from you? Simple. Start charging for your support
This also means that you don’t always have to support all your customers because you only need to support the ones that are willing to pay.
Well, I am not saying that open source is the best because everything has it’s pros and cons.
Why not share your opinions whether a business should go open source or not below?