Open source technologies have a range of advantages that make them a better bet as compared to proprietary software.
Supporters of open source claim that such technologies offer better benefits as compared to the more commercial technologies that need to be bought, in order to be used. This claim is a topic of hot debate between the proponents of proprietary and open source technologies. Where commercial products score over their open source counterparts is in the matter of marketability as their benefits are more visible. On the other hand, open source technologies offer hard-to-measure benefits that might look less glamorous. These qualities include reliability, stability, and flexibility amongst various others.
There is absolutely no doubt that the ‘quality’ of open source technologies is their most marketable feature, and the development community behind an open source technology puts more significance on peer review, clean and adaptable design, maintenance and the adherence to the highest standards of development.
It’s important to get a fair idea about the benefits brought to a particular project by using open source technology in order to make an informed decision about its use.
While reliability can cover many aspects, when it comes to design and development of software or application, it usually has come to mean a defect free product that is not prone to errors, data loss and crash. The use of open source technologies for development increases the chances of a products meeting all the predetermined specifications and performing the way it is supposed to perform. Their reliability is also facilitated by the fact that any and every defect whatever its degree of severity, can be easily fixed because the source code is freely available. Every business wants a robust software solution and development through an open source model ensures that the product meets all standards of reliability at every stage of the development process.
The stability of software is of paramount importance in a business environment. Now, there are businesses that see no need to change or upgrade any software product that is integrated within their existing IT infrastructure. For them, software built on a proprietary platform can suit their needs perfectly. But, then there are other businesses that need to constantly evolve to meet the changing and demanding needs of the market. For this to happen, they need to keep upgrading their software and/or modifying it so that it keeps pace with their growing needs. This is where, software developed using open source technologies is a good choice. Its inherent stability in the face of umpteen modifications and upgrades makes it a great choice for use in a constantly changing business environment. The track record of open source technologies to handle change is definitely better than that of proprietary technologies that are more vendors based than businesses would want them to be.
As somebody who is looking for a software solution, you should be able to choose a solution that satisfies your needs, requirements and expectations. This is an extension of our earlier pointer about stability. Businesses are always looking for flexible solutions that can adapt to the changing business environment quickly and effectively. As the requirements of a business change, its requirements with respect to the software also undergo a change. Using an open source based software means that a business gets the advantage of tried and tested standards that are used for building the software architecture. More importantly, open source software allows businesses to reduce their dependency on a vendor’s proprietary software. Businesses have greater freedom to seamlessly integrate diverse software built using a variety of open source technologies to power their business growth.
In order to ensure that you get the best software solution that is reliable, stable and flexible, you need to approach a web development company that is proficient in diverse open source technologies.
PLAVEB’s team of web development experts has proven experience in developing open source projects across various business domains. Our developers focus on a thorough process of requirement gathering and analysis of the client’s project in order to zero in on the perfect open source technology to be used for project development. This guarantees a product that perfectly matches the client’s expectations and can be seamlessly integrated into the client’s existing IT infrastructure. Our history of developing successful projects with high ROI, have made us the first choice of clients looking for a custom software solution for their business needs.