The term ‘open source’ means that the source code of an application can be downloaded and modified by any software developer.
The open source model harnesses collective knowledge and expertise and its popularity facilitates software evolution in a rapidly changing environment.
Here are five compelling reasons why open source software is brilliant.
With open source software, users don’t pay licence fees on a ‘per user’ basis so they are not left with redundant licences. This reduces the risk of longer term financial implications.
2. Security and Reliability
Because open source software is available publicly, a large number of developers contribute and analyse the code. This peer review process constantly increases the quality and makes it more secure.
3. User-friendly interface
By virtue of collaborative design, many user-facing open source products are intuitive for the user.
With thousands of development projects on the go at any given time, open source in general is more reliable with faster updates.
You don’t pay for software licensing so acquisition, implementation and development costs are typically lower than for proprietary software.
Compared to proprietary alternatives, open source software can be more cost effective, more secure and easier to maintain and develop as organisations needs growth.