Open Source: The Future of Technical Innovation

The Software Industry Is Evolving.

Open Source software is being adopted at an ever increasing rate. And while Open Source may not be the answer to all your needs, we believe that an “Open Source first” mindset just makes business and organizational sense.

The benefits of Open Source are compelling and, frankly, irrefutable.

What Is Open Source Technology?

Open Source refers to a development model in which a program’s “blueprints” are available and accessible for use, modification, and enhancement by other developers.

Open Source developers have designed and engineered countless software solutions, from relatively simple infrastructure components, to entire application suites and enterprise systems.

Some examples of Open Source technologies include the Linux and Android operating systems, the Firefox Web browser, the Thunderbird email application, and all products developed and actively supported by OCI.

Open Source's popularity is booming. According to Forrester, 80% of developers have used Open Source technologies.

What Makes Open Source So Popular?

Many businesses and governments are realizing the myriad benefits of using Open Source software, including:

Freedom. Open Source technologies provide organizations a level of control that they don't have with commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) software solutions. Open Source software can be tailored to meet specific user needs, enabling rapid innovation and risk mitigation.

Cost savings. With no run-time licensing fees, users of Open Source technologies can have as many copies of the software they rely on as they need – often with zero additional cost.

Reusable, modifiable, extensible code. By having access to the source code, users of Open Source technologies have the flexibility to modify, extend, and add features to the software as needed.

Ongoing community support. Open Source technologies are constantly used, scrutinized, tested, improved, updated, and documented by the Open Source community, backed by universities, government agencies, and private organizations. Thanks to this growing and able community, Open Source technologies are designed and developed to be interoperable, scalable, predictable, and secure.

Companies that adopt Open Source technologies experience significant gains in efficiency and business flexibility.

We support that growth and long-term capability, just as we support the initial transition to Open Source. Our full life-cycle software engineering services include continued maintenance and enhancement to Open Source solutions as needed.

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