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10 Reasons Why Open Source is +1

Vendor Newsletters | July 2014

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Once the realm of hobbyists, open-source software adoption is now central to the digital business activities of businesses of all sizes, and, according to Gartner, will be a vital part of virtually every Global 2000 enterprise by 2016. InfoWorld created a list of the 10 most common drivers of the surge in open source software's popularity.

  1. Quality. The contributions of many users to open-source projects is driving improvements in stability, bug resolution and interface design. So much so that, according to this year's Black Duck Future of Open Source survey, quality is now the primary driver of open-source software adoption.
  2. Feature Set. That features are now strong enough to drive open-source software adoption is a strong departure from open-source's early days, when the trade off was lower costs in exchange for reduced functionality compared to commercial software packages.
  3. Security. Security has become a major IT issue over the past year. Thanks to the transparency of open-source solutions and the ability of users to review the code for potential security flaws, security plays a role in more than seven in 10 open-source adoptions and, in some cases, commercial software providers are playing catch-up.
  4. Faster Innovation. Open-source software vendors build on an existing base instead of developing software suites from the ground up, enabling faster time-to-market for custom solutions built around open-source offerings.
  5. Scalability. The focus of open-source solutions on customers, instead of customer verticals, creates inherent scalability in open-source platforms that usually does not exist in proprietary software applications.
  6. Customization. Just as vendors can leverage open-source solutions to quickly deploy solutions for customers, in some cases enterprises can themselves tweak the code to achieve customized solutions for their businesses.
  7. Collaboration. Since many companies have the same or similar software needs, open-source software allows many users to contribute to, and improve upon, open-source solutions. This type of development participation allows enterprises to influence the software's evolution, ensuring that it remains relevant to their proprietary needs.
  8. Standards. Open-source solutions allow for standards to be established based on customer adoption as opposed to dominant commercial software products. The net benefit is a large universe of potential vendors and/or vendor solutions.
  9. Cutting-edge. Just as open-source platforms have turned the tables on feature sets, they're also at the forefront of software evolution for next-gen services including cloud, mobile, big data and the Internet of Things (M2M).
  10. Cost. Perhaps the greatest indicator of open-source platforms moving from the realm of the hobbyist to the world of mission-critical business applications is today's perspective on cost. Hobbyists used to think of open-source solutions as being "free" because we tend to not assign monetary value to time we spend on hobbies. In the business world, there is significant recognition of the costs associated with deploying, maintaining and contributing to open-source applications. Still, nearly seven in 10 Black Duck survey respondents report that open-source platforms outperform their commercial counterparts on the efficiency and costs front.

The Clock is Now Ticking for Cloud-Driven Competitive Advantage

You hear a lot from us about how cloud services are central to our "three Cs" of connectivity, cloud and continuity. If you've been sitting on the fence regarding cloud services adoption, we have cloud specialists here at TelePacific that can make the transition to cloud services — and the connectivity needed to fuel them — painless. All year we've been sharing with you the business trends behind our commitment to cloud services in order to deliver you turnkey services. Here are three that underpin why you should be adopting the cloud right now:

Your company's using cloud services more than you realize. This isn't the first time we've referenced the new Netskope study revealing that IT departments are unaware of the majority of cloud services use instances in their companies, and it won't be the last. This study's a wake-up call that all businesses need to get formal structures in place for cloud services adoption.

Your competitors are using the cloud already. New technologies offer competitive advantages early in the product development lifecycle, but successful technologies quickly become operating standards, leaving adoption laggards at a competitive disadvantage. With the cloud now a proven commodity, the longer you wait to embrace it, the further removed you become from its potential competitive advantages.

Tablet adoption is skyrocketing. Tablets are ideal interfaces for remote services such as cloud applications. They also are the fastest growing technology in history, according to IDC, and a new Pew study found that tablet penetration rates nearly doubled over just the past year. With these devices on track to outsell PCs from 2017 onward, demand for cloud services will increase everywhere, including within your own organization.

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