There is no such thing as free software
When many people think open source software, they believe that there is a cost associated with it. In fact, open source software has many of the same cost that proprietary software has but without the cost of licensing. With open source, you own the code and not renting it from a vendor.
Freedom of your business.
At Pegas Technology Solutions we leverage free open source software for our client’s solutions. This allows for solutions to be customized for the business that they own. We deliver them the fill source code to eliminate vendor lock-in.
Benefits of open source software
Some of the costs of open source software
- Cost of Installation
- Cost of customization and integration
- Cost of data migration from existing systems
- Cost of hardware
- Cost of training
- Cost of support
Open Source software does in many cases have a lower total cost of ownership (TCO), and that is given with the fact that you don’t have to “rent” a license form a company. Yes if you read the agreement for a vendor that sold you that software you are in fact renting that software. You can’t install it on all your devices; you can’t give it to your friend, you can make copies, etc. The term “free software” is the equivalent of free speech and has nothing to do with cost. Typically you will never pay for a license you will pay for support if you need it.
The freedoms of open source software
- Freedom you use the software as your requirements
- Freedom to modify the source code per your requirements
- Freedom to distribute the source code as-is
- Freedom to distribute the source code with modifications
Since the software free to use as you see fit the cost of licensing are eliminated. So while you might pay for hardware, implementation, training, and support your TCO is greatly reduced. With any solution, you are going to have those cost. This will allow you reinvest more money back into your business. Using open source code you are welcome to modify the code to your requirements. You don’t have to contact the software vendor for source code “most of the time they will not” need to make modifications. You have full control to make the software fit your business, which allows your end users to have the features they need to do their job effectively. You have the option to install the software on as many devices as you want without limit. You are welcome to share software with anyone you wish. On a typical deployment, you can cut your deployment cost by 30% or more. So while it is not free, you are saving money and give you remarkable amount freedom back to you as a business owner.
Why Choose Pegas
We would love to help your business become more productive and to solve all of your Information technology needs for your company. Give us a call at 207 313 4821 to get started today.