With the many business and government organizations that now use open source software such as Linux, it’s becoming increasingly clear that price is not the only advantage such software holds. If it was, companies that adopted it during the Great Recession would surely have switched back to the expensive proprietary stuff as soon as conditions began to ease.
Why is open source good for business?
Google and Facebook have provided open sources of their many research outcomes, and Microsoft and Apple also actively participate in that. In addition, Venture Capital in US, providing to seed early-stage and emerging growth companies, has invested 37 companies specialized open source, so open source is recognized for high investment value.
Open source software (OSS) holds numerous other compelling advantages for businesses. Need a few reasons? Recently interview of James Pierce, a leader of strategy team in Facebook, is great help to understand why the companies mean a lot to OSS.
1. Success cases of many companies
His first reason is ideological viewpoint for interoperability. A lot of startup and software companies started on a basis of OSS. The mix of OSS, which is called LAMP(Linux, Apache, MySQL, PHP) was the great basis that a lot of companies construct their service at a low cost and start business. In exchange, they were very active in sharing their output by OSS.
2. Open source community
The second, the innovation by OSS is more effective. Because collaborating with the worldwide engineers through OSS community is much more effective and innovative than developing by inner employees.
3. Easily find excellent personnel
If the company do open source for its software, engineers using it will increase and also the best of them may join the company. In other words, the company can easily find top-class engineers and will innovatively develop its own software.
Understanding value of OSS and realizing in depth it help for growth of business must be central to say importance of software. Core strategy of business needs to perform open source, not simple use for it.
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