Economic downturn to boost open source

By   |  May 5, 2009

Businesses that opt for open source solution equivalents of proprietary software applications can reduce the total budget required for its implementation and operation by 50% to 60% over three years. That’s according to Yossi Hasson, CEO of open source service provider Synaq. Hasson says that with the slowdown in the economy, businesses need to investigate viable alternatives in order to meet their IT needs in the most cost-effective way possible.

“For many businesses, going the open source route could spell the difference between implementing a project that boosts business efficiencies, or not. Indeed, when there is little to differentiate the functionality of an open source solution to its proprietary equivalent, the cost savings that come with open source are extremely compelling,” he says.

According to Hasson, it isn’t only the saving on licensing requirements that makes the difference, although these are considerable. Savings are also achieved on the investment requirement for the hardware on which the application has to run.

“In many instances, the open source solution is less ‘hardware hungry’ than its proprietary equivalent, which means businesses can leverage off their existing infrastructure without compromising on the application’s functionality,” he says.

Hasson also says that the benefits of open source solutions go beyond cost savings.

“The enormous strength of open source is its flexibility. An enterprise usually wants to use IT or a specific application to differentiate itself. An off-the-shelf package might only meet 70% to 80% of what is required and the package might have to be customised. That could be expensive.”

With open source, customisation is easier and less expensive as the user has access to the source code.

“There is no doubt that as budgets come under increasing strain, open source will start to look increasingly attractive to businesses of all sizes,” Hasson says.

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6 Responses to “Economic downturn to boost open source”

  1. VS Dude
    May 5th, 2009 @ 5:30 pm

    Wishful thinking.
    Windows 7 RC is out and is free for 13 months. After people have tasted this they will certainly purchase it. Xorg is too frail and 1.6 is known to have issues with ATI cards. Linux wi-fi compatibility is a nightmare as well and sound drivers are a hit-or-miss affair under open source.

    Listen, I’m all for open source development. I just don’t want my computer to be a test lab.

  2. Raoul Snyman
    May 5th, 2009 @ 7:24 pm

    VS Dude, I’m rather intrigued… you say you don’t want your computer to be a test lab, yet Windows 7 RC1 is still a test version of Windows…?

  3. tds
    May 5th, 2009 @ 10:00 pm

    By running Windows 7RC you are actually using your machine as a test lab. So what if ATI cards do not work what of all the other graphics cards out there. My wifi works perfectly you just need to choose your hardware from linux friendly vendors. Sounds to me like you are the one with a closed mind.

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  5. VS Dude
    May 6th, 2009 @ 3:37 pm

    @Raoul Snyman:
    Not really. Windows 7 is rock solid stable and what is more important, it is able to run whooping three different apps at the same time! Furhermore, it is almost 90% compatible with Vista and 20% fully compatible with XP.

  6. Tommyboy
    May 9th, 2009 @ 6:19 am

    @VS Dude: Sarcasm people, learn it, love it, embrace it.

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