Navigant Consulting: The Open Source Community

by ronfluegge 7. June 2013 08:40

Navigant Consulting's Insights by Katie Askey entitled "The Open Source Community" (March 27, 2013)

"Generally speaking, I tend to subscribe to the theory that the more something costs, the better the quality and value.  Although while I certainly utilize “big box” solutions from Microsoft and Oracle in my daily job, I have started seeing real value in the open source community that is available to all at little or no cost.  And I’m not the only one – even Microsoft has introduced a Cloud offering in Windows Azure which is much more accessible to small business and individuals than their big product offerings.

"There are many reasons that open source offerings are good for programming and business.  While everyone is likely compelled by their own motives, I find that quality, accessibility, and ease of customization top my list:

  1. The open source community supports quality.  It may seem a little counterintuitive that software packages created by a group of “random” users on the Internet can improve the quality of a solution, but hear me out.  Open source solutions are created by multiple users who are trying to solve real problems that they have encountered in their own work.  Not to mention, the transparency that the open community requires incentivizes developers to exercise best practices.
  2. You can customize the solution to fit your needs.  In the open source community, users can borrow software and programming already created then tweak it to fit their own needs.
  3. The low cost makes it extremely accessible.  This is the obvious one.  Quality and transparency at a lower cost – who can argue with that?

"In the world of software, I have officially been convinced that expense may not always directly correlate to the quality of the solution.   Although, handbags are a completely different story."

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